Telltale symptoms include pain, tenderness, redness and swelling in the toe. Unfortunately, the discomfort can sometimes be severe, and an ingrown toenail can easily lead to infection of the surrounding tissues, including fungal toenail infections and buildup of pus. The symptoms can also come and go as the skin accommodates the widening nail. Eventually the nail will win and be a constant problem.
The good news is that professional fixes (including permanent treatments) tend to be relatively simple and provide quick relief, so there’s no reason to keep struggling in silence.
What Causes Ingrown Toenails (and How to Prevent Them)
Unfortunately, there isn’t always an obvious cause for a case of ingrown toenails, and some people seem to be naturally predisposed to getting them. Unusually curved toenails, for example, often translates to a higher risk. Trauma and Father time can also make the nail grow wider.
However, there are some factors you can control. Ingrown toenails are more likely to occur if you wear shoes that are too tight in the toe box, or if you cut your toenails too deep into the corners. “Bathroom surgeons” produce endless patients. Opt for roomier shoes and cut nails straight across to minimize the risk.
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