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Ingrown toenail

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Introduction
An ingrown toenail occurs when the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The toenail curls and pierces the skin, causing the toe to become red, swollen and tender.
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail
Read about symptoms of an ingrown toenail, including inflammation and pain in the toe, white or yellow pus and infection in the toe.
Causes of an ingrown toenail
An ingrown toenail can be caused by a number of different things including incorrectly cut toenails, tight-fitting shoes, poor foot hygiene and damage caused by injury.
Treating an ingrown toenail
If your ingrown toenail symptoms are mild, you can treat them using self care measures. More severe cases may require surgery.
Preventing an ingrown toenail
Cutting your toenails correctly, wearing shoes that fit properly and maintaining good foot health will reduce your chances of developing an ingrown toenail.