Ingrown Toenails Onychocryptosis

By Christopher Lubrano

Ingrown toenails are a pain

Ingrown toenails are common. They happen when the side or corner of the toenail grows into the skin.

*Ingrown toenails can affect people of all ages both male and female. Ingrown nails can happen on fingers and toes, but mostly the toes and big toe.

*Ingrown toenails don’t happen in barefoot cultures.

*Sometimes people that can’t reach their toenails or see them cut poorly and can get them.

*18 percent of people over 21 have had an ingrown toenail

(over 40 million people)

Integumentary system and Immune system are affected

Signs and symptoms of an ingrown toenail

Pain around the edge of a nail



Sensitivity to pressure of any kind

Watery discharge (blood and pus)

How do people get ingrown toenails?

A number of things can cause ingrown toenails:

*Poor nail trimming or cutting your nails too short

*Tight shoes

*An accident

*Foot trauma

*Predisposition - which means curved nails or thick nails

How are ingrown toenails treated?

Sometimes you can treat ingrown toenails at home as long as it isn’t infected, you don’t have diabetes, nerve damage or circulation problems that can affect blood flow. If you have diabetes, it can affect blood flow.

*Soak your foot in warm water

*Epson salt in the warm water can help

*Gently massaging can also help the swelling

*Wear comfortable shoes while recovering from ingrown toenails

If infected, you have to see a doctor so they can give you medicine

Sometimes, surgery is needed to remove part of the nail

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Prognosis for people with ingrown toenails

If left untreated and ingrown toenail can become infected and turn into an abscess which is a swollen area filled with pus.

If treated at home or by a doctor, ingrown toenails are curable, but they can keep coming back

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Why I wanted to learn about ingrown toenails

Mrs. Mona, Mrs. Bechok’s helper, used to have ingrown toenails. I have also found ingrown toenails interesting.

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