An ingrown toenail is a common disorder that affects the big toe. It is always painful with swelling, redness and sometimes infection. Very often, the patient will have difficulty walking or sleeping because of pain.
An ingrown toenail is a common disorder that affects the big toe. It happens when the corners of the nail curves and digs into the soft flesh, hence; the name ingrown nail. It is always painful with swelling, redness and sometimes infection. Very often, the patient will have difficulty walking or sleeping because of pain.
Common causes of ingrown toenails are:
Common treatments include antibiotic cream, oral antibiotic and pain relief medications. When medication is not enough to solve the problem, Dr Wong will advise the patient to surgically remove part of the ingrown nail so that the skin or infection can heal.
Performing surgery to destroy the matrix where the nail is being formed will also decrease the recurrence rate of ingrown toenail.
People with diabetes, poor blood supply of the toes have higher risk of complications because ingrown toenail can lead to serious infections and the risk of losing a limb.
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