ingrown toenail

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the nail on any of the digits of the foot.
ingrown toenail aberrant growth of a toenail, with one (usually the outer) margin growing deeply into the nail groove and surrounding tissues.
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ingrown toenail

Onychocryptosis Podiatry The growth of the edge of a toenail–usually of the great toe–into the skin surrounding the nail, which may be accompanied by inflammation or pain Etiology congenitally curved nails, fungal infection, trauma Risk factors Improperly fitted shoes, poorly trimmed toenails; may be more severe in Pts with DM Management Segmental chemical ablation with phenol; partial or total nail matricectomy
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ingrown toenail

An inaccurate lay term for inflammation and swelling of infected soft tissues surrounding the nail. The swollen tissue overlaps the edge of the nail causing an appearance as if the nail had grown into the tissue. The growth of the nail is normal.
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Patient discussion about ingrown toenail

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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Ingrown toenail or overgrown toe skin?: Alternative treatment for onychocryptosis.
A total of 60 patients (36 males and 24 females) with Stage II or III, one-sided ingrown toenails at the great toe according to the Heifetz classification, who were admitted in the Huadong Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University due to pain, granulation, and difficulty walking, were retrospectively analyzed.
Ingrown toenail and paronychia have been reported secondary to drugs, such as indinavir and indinavir / ritonavir combination.3,4 Excess nail fold granulation tissue and ingrown toenail have also been reported with retinoids, docetaxel, cyclosporine and oral antifungal treatment.5-8
Controlled trial comparing the efficacy of 88% phenol versus 10% sodium hydroxide for chemical matricectomy in the management of ingrown toenail. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol.
Management of ingrown toenails. Am Fam Physician 1995;52:181-190.
The clinical diagnosis of this tumor was epithelized granulation tissue caused by ingrown toenail, however squamous cell carcinoma was not denied completely.
Ingrown toenails are rarely serious, but people with diabetes or poor circulation in their feet must be especially careful, as they may not notice the symptoms of an ingrown toenail.
WASHINGTON -- Proper early management of ingrown toenails may help to decrease the risk of recurrence whether or not surgery is necessary, Dr.
The company has introduced products ranging from smudge-proof nail color that dries in 60 seconds to a host of implements, including three different toenail clippers, a corn and callus trimmer, a pumice stone, and an ingrown toenail file and cuticle pusher.
If you even think that an ingrown toenail is emerging, put some Neosporin ointment on a piece of cotton and dab it between the flesh and the toenail.