Ingrown Toe Nail, what is it?

What is Ingrown Toe Nail?

An ingrown toe nail is a common and painful condition of the toe in which sharp corner of the toenail digs into the skin at the end side or side of the toe. The result is pain, redness, swelling and sometimes an infection. Pain and inflammation at the spot where the nail curls into the skin occurs first. The inflamed area then starts to grow extra tissue or drain yellowish fluid. An ingrown toenail usually affects your big toe.

What Are The Causes of Ingrown Toe Nail?

  • Tight fitting shoes or high heels
    The toes to be compressed together and pressurized the nail to grow abnormally.
  • Improper trimming
  • Disorders includes fungal infections

How to Prevent Ingrown Toe Nail?

  • Careful clipping
    Toenails should be clipped straight across and taking care to keep the end longer than the skin edge. This prevents the corners from digging into the skin. Toenails should NOT be rounded or cut too short.
  • Wearing well-fitting shoes

Treatments for Ingrown Toe Nail

  • Mild ingrown toe nail
    Warm daily soaks, topical antibiotics, and gently pushing back the piece of overgrown skin away from the nail.
  • Severe case of ingrown toe nail
    Oral antibiotics or/and minor in-office procedure

Ingrown Toe Nail

A nodule can sometimes be seen as a result of chronic inflammation in ingrown toe nail

Pus is visible underneath the nail The nail is seen to be growing into the skin

If the pain is SEVERE or SPREADING, please call us NOW for more information or an appointment at our 24HR Hotline (+65) 6471 2691

If you have other medical conditions that cause poor blood circulation to your feet like Diabetes, you’re at greater risk of complications from an ingrown toenail. Please DO NOT DELAY and advisable to seek medical attention immediately!