Ingrown Toe Nails
What are ingrown toe nails?
Ingrown toe nails happen when part of the nail pierces
the skin, which can cause an infection to occur. The
ingrown toenails can also cause pressure in the nail
fold without breaking the skin, this is not exactly
an ingrown toe nail, but it can be just as painful.
How to tell by looking if you have ingrown toe nails.
The side of the nail that is ingrown usually pierces
deep into the skin so the edge of the nail can not
be seen. The appearance of the nail will differ as
to severity. You may only notice just
a small spike of the nail piercing the skin or the
nail could be deep into the skin down the whole side
of the nail. The piercing is just like a knife and
may cause infection. If the toe becomes infected it
will be red, inflamed and very painful.
The main symptom of ingrown toe nails is pain. First
the pain may start out being minor or just discomforting.
The pain is usually caused from the side of the nail
being pushed into the skin from shoes or from movement.
The toe may not be infected at this point but it can
become infected when the nail pierces the skin. When
infection occurs the toe will become red, inflamed, and
may ooze pus.
Ingrown toe nails may occur when you do not cut your
toenails properly, they should be cut straight across
without curving. The shape of your toenail may also hinder
you in getting ingrown toenails. Some of this is genetic
and can not be changed. If the shape of the toe nail
is curved inward toward the skin all the way down the
sides, then this is probably inherited.
You can help prevent ingrown toe nails. Remember to
cut your toe nails straight across, this may be difficult
if your nails are curved inward so much that you can
not cut them without them piercing the skin. If this
is the case, then you will need to ask your doctor for
help in deciding what can be done.
Do not wear shoes that are too tight that will cause
ingrown toenails. The tight shoes press in on your nails
and cause them to pierce the skin.
Cleaning your feet to fight infection when you have
ingrown toe nails is very important. Once the toe nail
is already ingrown and is painful wash the area regularly,
you sure don’t want an infection.