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what are the symptoms of ingrown toenails?

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Dr. Raymond Stolarski
Podiatry 32 years experience
Infection: Swelling, redness and drainage with possible abnormal growth of the nailplate.
Dr. Oliver Wang
Podiatry 10 years experience
Pain, swollen toe: Ingrown toe nail border may be red, swollen, or draining with foul odor. The nail may be severely curled. Bed sheets resting on toes may even cause pain.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Ingrown toenail: Curvature of the nail plate beneath the nail folds on the sides with possible impingement of the nail at its free edge. There is often swelling and pain associated with this condition which can also present with infection as shown in the picture above.
Dr. Mak Yousefpour
Podiatry 18 years experience
Pain: Pain, swelling, redness, granuloma (which is a bleeding "ball") smell, and possible pus. Please see a podiatrist for further evaluation.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Many possibilities: Possible signs of having an ingrown nail may include: pain increased redness, swelling, bleeding, tightness or drainage at the nail margins. If pain does not improve, or you develop signs of infection, get it evaluated by a professional.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Are ingrown toe nails hereditary?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Sometimes familial: The size and shape of toes and toenails are hereditary. If one member of a family has a toenail shape that makes it more likely to be ingrown, then a few other members of the family probably have the same problem. In this way, ingrown toenails can run in the family.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What causes ingrown toe-nails to form?

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Dr. Barry Resnik
Dermatology 31 years experience
Reasons for ingrowns: This annoying condition is usually the result of clipping the corners of the big toenails so deeply and sharply that a small sharp fragment of nail is left. As the nail grows, this sharp spear is jabbed into the nail-fold, breaking the skin and instantly becoming a foreign body. The body attacks, and the rest is history. Treatment consists of removing the fold of skin and the spear.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Will anti-fungal cream help with ingrown toe-nails?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Ingrown toenails are a physical problem in which a sharp edge or corner of the toenail is under some skin and continues to grow, thus cutting into the skin. The skin then gets swollen, inflamed, and painful. An anti-fungal cream would not help resolve the ingrown toenail problem.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How can I prevent getting yellow and thick toenails?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Treat athlete's foot: Athlete's foot is a peeling skin rash on the feet, caused by a fungus. The fungus can spread to the toenails and cause thickened nails with powdery stuff under the nails. Treating a peeling foot rash early, with over-the-counter lotriminaf cream, may prevent the fungus from spreading. Once the toenails are involved, one must see a primary care doctor, dermatologist, or podiatrist for treatment.
A 25-year-old member asked:

Do symptoms like ingrown toenails go away quickly?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: If the treatment rendred in the right way.

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