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What Happens When You Leave An Ingrown Toenail For Too Long
Any pain: Long standing ingrown toenails most likely is due to poorly fitted shoes narrow at the toe box.If you are able to put up with needless pain nothing will happen, if you have infection , pus coming out of edge of nail , then will have all the complication of septic focus in the body, if you have implanted devices, defective heart valves, vascular grafts they get infected , could be lethal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Ingrown Nail: I have seen this happen before, more times than i would like...And, it would be one of the worst experiences of your life.... If the infection from an ingrown nail, gets into the bone at the end of your toe ( osteomyelitis ).....The infected bone will need to be removed, and you would then, need IV antibiotics for about 1 months. Please do not let this happen...See a specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad infection...: Sometimes the infection can be so bad that it will infiltrate the surrounding bone - then you have big problems. The infection can also possibly get into your blood stream and cause a septic event - also very serious. See a podiatrist and get it treated before things get worse, and potentially much worse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Infection of bone: Ingrown toenails can cause infection in the skin which can progress to bone infections. The skin in your toe is close to your bone so long standing ingrown toe nails are dangerous. If infection gets to your bone, there is a chance you can lose your toe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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