INGROWN TOENAILS 

An ingrown toenail develops when the sides of the nail grow into the surrounding skin which then becomes red, swollen and painful. It can feel as if you have a splinter. You may develop bleeding or infection with pus coming from the affected area. 

INGROWN TOENAILS 

An ingrown toenail develops when the sides of the nail grow into the surrounding skin which then becomes red, swollen and painful. It can feel as if you have a splinter. You may develop bleeding or infection with pus coming from the affected area. 
 
What causes them? 
 
badly cut toenails - cutting your toenails too short, or cutting the edges, will encourage the skin to fold over your nail and the nail to grow into the skin 
wearing tight-fitting shoes, socks or tights – this places pressure on the skin around your toenail; the skin may be pierced if it's pressed on to your toenail 
sweaty feet – if the skin around your toenails is soft, it's easier for your nail to pierce it and embed itself within it 
injury – for example, stubbing your toe can sometimes cause an ingrown toenail to develop 
natural shape of the nail – the sides of curved or fan-shaped toenails are more likely to press into the skin surrounding the nail 
 
A simple, uncomplicated ingrown toenail can be trimmed to relieve the pressure on the nail bed and surrounding area. You will be shown how to cut your nails to prevent recurrence. 
 
If the nail bed is infected you will be asked to see your doctor for advice on whether antibiotics are needed. Your GP may need to refer you for surgical removal of the ingrown toenail or I may be able to recommend a podiatrist who is qualified to undertake the procedure as this is not within my sphere of practice. 
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