Ingrown toenail slightly swelling. Should I probe it?

Pain, redness. Swelling and pain along the nail border, sometimes with drainage, indicates an ingrown toenail. If your ingrown nail is infected, you'll likely need antibiotics, and possibly a nail procedure. While waiting to see your doctor, soak the toe 10 min/day in luke warm water and epsom salts, use a small amount of topical antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandaid. Don't go after it yourself!
No. It is never a wise idea to perform 'bathroom surgery' on yourself. You are likely to be using tools that are not sterile and you could potentially introduce bacteria into the deeper tissues and cause a more significant problem. Seek the treatment of a specialist who can properly evaluate why you have swelling and correct the ingrown toenail.

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

How long has it been. Ingrown nails usually come on very gradually, and they often go away and then come back. A fresh problem like an infection would come on faster, and it would probably be the first time. There are lots of other things it could be; see a doctor or a podiatrist if it's keeping you from enjoying life!
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.

How to stop infection and swelling from ingrown toenail?

Podiatrist. I would promptly make an appointment with your local podiatrist. When people try to fix it themself (bathroom surgery) there is often a poor outcome. Take care.
See a podiatrist. The infection probably needs to be treated with an antibiotic and the ingrown nail needs to be remove.

I have had ingrown toenail for a couple of months. The past month I haven't had swelling or pain but the nail is yellow. How can I fix this?

Get evaluated. A visit to your local podiatrist is a smart choice. Office procedure to remove, repair your ingrown toenail. It is important to get care, as this problem can easily become a serious infection with risk for toe loss.
Could be fungus. Ingrown toenails can be caused by fungus under the nail. This can turn it yellow as well. Time to see a podiatrist and get it looked at.
Removal.... ..Is the only permanent solution. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary. After removal you can let the border grow out again, or your doctor can use a chemical to stop the nail from regrowing. If you're concerned, don't perform bathroom surgery on yourself. That can lead to an infected ingrown toenail, which could require antibiotics.
Many possibilities. Some causes of nail discoloration include trauma due to tight shoes, infection, and medication side effects. You should try wearing shoes with a higher wider toe box. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis.

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.
Needs treatment. You need to see your podiatrist. You either have a cyst or nail regrouping which needs to be treated.
Sometimes. After these procedures a little piece of nail may be left which can create an abcess, or it is possible though rare to develop an epidermal inclusion cyst which needs to be removed or one can develop a post op infection which is resistant to the normal course of antibiotic. See your doc for treatment. A wound culture would help identify any bacteria causing the issue.
Ingrown nail. At this point there may be nail regrowing or a spicule missed. There could be residual infection resistant to antibiotics that have been used. The right thing to do is see your surgeon.