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toenail

 [to´nāl]
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.

nail

(nāl),
1. One of the thin, horny, translucent plates covering the dorsal surface of the distal end of each terminal phalanx of fingers and toes. A nail consists of corpus or body, the visible part, and radix or root at the proximal end concealed under a fold of skin. The underpart of the nail is formed from the stratum germinativum of the epidermis, the free surface from the stratum lucidum, and the thin cuticular fold overlapping the lunula representing the stratum corneum. Synonym(s): unguis [TA], nail plate, onyx
2. A rod of metal or other solid substance, used in operations to fasten together the fragments of a broken bone.
[A.S. naegel]

toenail

(tō′nāl′)
n.
1. The thin, horny, transparent plate covering the upper surface of the end of a toe.
2. A nail driven obliquely, as to join vertical and horizontal beams.
tr.v. toe·nailed, toe·nailing, toe·nails
To secure (beams) with obliquely driven nails.

nail

(nāl)
1. One of the thin, horny, translucent plates covering the dorsal surface of the distal end of each terminal phalanx of fingers and toes. A nail consists of a visible corpus or body, and a radix or root at the proximal end concealed under a fold of skin. The under part of the nail is formed from the stratum germinativum of the epidermis, and the free surface from the stratum lucidum, with the thin cuticular fold that overlaps the lunula representing the stratum corneum.
2. A slender rod of metal, bone, or other solid substance, used in operations to fasten together the divided extremities of a broken bone.
Synonym(s): unguis [TA] , nail plate, onyx.

Patient discussion about 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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Management of the ingrown toenail. Am Fam Physician.
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The third patient had unilateral venous insufficiency on the side of involvement of toenail whereas the contralateral toenail was normal.
The occasional removal of an ingrowing toenail. CJRM 2005; 10: 173-80.
"In order to maintain healthy nails, it's essential that you do not over cut the cuticles and dry skin, especially on the toenails. It's also very important to use nail conditioner and cuticle oil daily.
The most frequent symptoms are pain swelling redness and suppuration.1-4 Ingrown toenails are classified in three stages as defined by Heifetz1 and Frost 23 (Table-I).
Persons who bought the product have been providing feedback on what they think about the new toenail clippers.
The toenail clippers have a side cutting action for ease of use and to provide a clean cut on even the toughest nails.
This study used toenail samples to give an indication of the effects of long term Se consumption.
RESULTS: An interquartile range increase in toenail arsenic was associated with higher systolic BP [0.93 mmHg; 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.25, 1.62] and pulse pressure (0.76 mmHg; 95% CI: 0.22, 1.30).
To assess the validity of the selenium concentration in human toenails as a measure of selenium intake, and to determine other correlations of toenail selenium levels, the authors examined the predictors of toenail selenium within two subgroups of a large cohort study of US women.
The clinical diagnosis of this tumor was epithelized granulation tissue caused by ingrown toenail, however squamous cell carcinoma was not denied completely.