ingrown nail

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ingrown nail

 [in´grōn]
aberrant growth of a toenail, with one or both lateral margins pushing deeply into adjacent soft tissue, causing pain, inflammation, and possible infection. The condition occurs most frequently in the great toe, and is often caused by pressure from tight-fitting shoes. Another common cause is improper cutting of the toenails, which should be cut straight across or with a curved toenail scissors so that the sides are a little longer than the middle.

in·grown nail

a toenail, one edge of which is overgrown by the nailfold, producing a pyogenic granuloma; due to faulty trimming of the toenails or pressure from a tight shoe.

in·grown nail

(in'grōn nāl)
A toenail, one edge of which is overgrown by the nailfold, producing a pyogenic granuloma; due to faulty trimming of the toenails or pressure from a tight shoe.

ingrown nail

Growth of the nail edge into the soft tissue, causing inflammation and sometimes an abscess. Ingrown nails may be due to improper paring of the nails or pressure on a nail edge from improperly fitted shoes. In many cases, this condition may be prevented by cutting the nails straight across.
See also: nail

Patient discussion about ingrown nail

Q. How to prevent an ingrown toenail? I recently had an ingrown toenail and am scared of having another. How can I prevent it?

A. When you trim your toe nails make sure your cut them straight a cross. What ever you do, don't tear the nail off.

Q. How to treat an ingrown toenail? I think I have an ingrown toenail. How to treat it?

A. When the problem is mild, you may only need to soak your foot in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes and place dry cotton, such as part of a cotton ball, under the corner of the nail. Signs that the problem is getting worse include increasing pain, swelling and drainage of the area. Sometimes minor surgery is needed to remove the part of the nail that is poking into the skin.

Q. What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail? My son has a red toe and complains that it hurts. Is this an ingrown toenail?

A. The main symptom of an ingrown toenail is the pain from the nail growing into the skin instead of over it. If the ingrown toenail gets infected, it might be swollen or red, and it might drain pus. The area around the ingrown toenail is often painful.

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You should keep your ingrown fingernail dry unless you are soaking it.
Another option to help an ingrown fingernail is to soak your hand in Epsom salt.
If you want to apply a bandage to the ingrown fingernail, dry the finger completely after soaking.
You can soak your ingrown fingernail in a solution of warm water and hydrogen peroxide.
You may also place the peroxide onto a cotton ball or piece of gauze and apply it directly the ingrown fingernail.
Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which can help with an ingrown fingernail. When you soak your nail, add two or three drops of tea tree oil to the warm water.
If your ingrown fingernail has become infected, or it has not gotten better after around five days, you may need to see your doctor.
If the ingrown fingernail is caused by a fungus (this is often the case if you have chronic ingrown fingernails), your doctor can determine this and offer treatment options to you.
Let your physician know if the pain around an ingrown fingernail is getting worse, if the redness and tenderness spreads, if you cannot bend the finger at any of the joints, or if you have a fever.
For an ingrown fingernail that is infected but has not started producing pus, your physician may want to lift it.
Ingrown fingernails are not as common as ingrown toenails, but they can happen.