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How can I know if this swelling is an ingrown toenail or something else?

How can I know if this swelling is an ingrown toenail or something else?

See a Podiatrist: Your question is very vague. I would recommend seeing a specialist to evaluate your concern. If swelling is present in the toe it can many things. Diagnosis may be as simple as an ingrown toenail or as complex as an infection or gout. I would recommend seeing a specialist to answer your questions and evaluate your condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Ingrown Toenail (Definition)

Onychocryptosis is the medical name for ingrown toe nail. The nail can be flat or curved and still be ingrown. The margin of the nail impinges into the flesh (nail fold) on either side of the nail or even the end of the nail. This can lead to violation of the skin (paronychia) and open you up to infections. These are painful and can easily be treated ...Read more


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I looked and it doesn't seem like there's an ingrown toenail at all, or any kind of swelling. So why does my toe hurt?

I looked and it doesn't seem like there's an ingrown toenail at all, or any kind of swelling. So why does my toe hurt?

Many reasons. : Could still be an incurvated toenail, or you could have sprained or broken it stubbing it on furniture. If more than one toe hurts, see a podiatrist, pcp, or rheumatologist (or even a neurologist) to rule out arthritis, systemic conditions, neuropathy, or other issues. ...Read more

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Is this an ingrown toenail? My right big toe is swelling on the right side, but in the corner, it is not ingrown or swelling. Just on the right side border. Wondering, is this an ingrown toenail? It hurts to touch. Please note: the right side border of my

Is this an ingrown toenail? My right big toe is swelling on the right side, but in the corner, it is not ingrown or swelling. Just on the right side border. Wondering, is this an ingrown toenail? It hurts to touch. Please note: the right side border of my

Probably: This is still likely an ingrown toenail. It doesn't have to be the tip only. It can be any portion of the side of the nail that is ingrown. It needs to be treated properly. If you get it taken care of soon, it will resolve quicker with less risk for infection. ...Read more

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Four months after getting an operation for an ingrown toenail, there is still swelling in the skin of 5mm, near the nail. It created pus and abscess and it is not healing. What should I do?

Four months after getting an operation for an ingrown toenail, there is still swelling in the skin of 5mm, near the nail. It created pus and abscess and it is not healing. What should I do?

See your doctor...: There is obviously something wrong. If i had a patient that wasn't healed after that amount of time i would take an x-ray and take a biopsy of the area for a pathologist to look at. ...Read more

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Did my ingrown toenail develop into a skin abscess? I've always had irritation from ingrown toenails. Lately, I have even more redness and swelling on my toe near the nail. I clipped the nail several days ago there is still swelling. I actually went to my

Did my ingrown toenail develop into a skin abscess? I've always had irritation from ingrown toenails. Lately, I have even more redness and swelling on my toe near the nail. I clipped the nail several days ago there is still swelling. I actually went to my

Yes: This probably developed into an abscess. You will need to go to your podiatrist to get this taken care of. This is very routine and will be done in the office. They will numb your toe and remove the side of the nail and clean out the infection. Good luck. ...Read more

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Did my ingrown toenail develop into a skin abscess? I've always had irritation from ingrown toenails. Lately, I have even more redness and swelling on my toe near the nail. I clipped the nail several days ago there is still swelling. I actually went to my

Did my ingrown toenail develop into a skin abscess? I've always had irritation from ingrown toenails. Lately, I have even more redness and swelling on my toe near the nail. I clipped the nail several days ago there is still swelling. I actually went to my

Probably: The nail is considered dirty. If it actually breaks the skin you usually get an infection. This can become an abscess if not treated. There may also be a spicule present under the skin that you can not see or get to. See a podiatrist. ...Read more

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How can I treat ingrown toenails?

See your podiatrist: There are many ways that ingrown nails can be treated. I do not recommend you doing it yourself or going to nail salon and having them take care of it. A podiatrist is trained in taking care of this and there are many treatment options that are available. ...Read more

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How can I treat my ingrown toenails?

Get it looked at.: Ingrown toenails can be remedied through soaking your foot in warm water, removal of embedded debris from the nail borders, and applying an antibiotic ointment to temporarily soften the corners. One should always try to cut the nails strait across to avoid leaving an embedded nail spicule. If pain or redness continues get it looked at by a professional. ...Read more

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How do I treat an ingrown toenail?

Podiatrist: For mild ingrown toenail trim back nail and pack with cotton. For infected nail the inflammed tissue may need to be professionally removed by a foot doctor. If this is a recurrent problem there is an in office acid procedure which narrows the nail and prevents recurrences. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more