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Ingrown nails are a common problem which, without adequate care, can worsen. Find out how to avoid their unpleasant effects.
An ingrown nail is when part of the nail penetrates the flesh surrounding the toenail. This most often happens to the big toe.
One of the main inconveniences of an ingrown nail is its unsightly appearance. Additionally, it is often accompanied by pain, redness, and swelling at the wound site.
If no action is taken, an ingrown nail can progressively dig into the nail bed and symptoms can worsen. The presence of this "foreign object" can also cause the most common complication: infection.
Some factors predispose a person to having an ingrown nail, for instance:
If you notice that the edge of a nail is becoming ingrown, you can try the following measures:
It is recommended to see a doctor or podiatrist (footcare medical professional) in the following situations:
If you have an ingrown nail, the following measures are strongly suggested:
Treatment methods for ingrown nails depend on the problem's severity. If there is no infection, a pedicure may be enough.
In some cases, other interventions (surgical or non surgical) will have to be undertaken by a doctor or podiatrist.
An antibiotic treatment will be necessary if infection sets in. It may consist of a local or oral treatment and must be prescribed to you. For optimal results, it is advisable to closely follow your doctor’s or podiatrist’s recommendations, and your pharmacist’s as well.
Remember that your pharmacist is always there to help you and to answer your questions concerning any health issues!
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