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Could osteomyelitis be caused by long term ingrown toenail?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Ingrown toenails most commonly involve big toe, but can involve any toenail.
Nail becomes ingrown when one or both sides grow into the skin of toe. Skin then becomes red, swollen and painful. Sometimes nail actually breaks the skin and causes a localized infection which may become more acutely painful and cause drainage from the side of the toe. If ignored, can progress to osteomyelitis.

In brief: Yes

Ingrown toenails most commonly involve big toe, but can involve any toenail.
Nail becomes ingrown when one or both sides grow into the skin of toe. Skin then becomes red, swollen and painful. Sometimes nail actually breaks the skin and causes a localized infection which may become more acutely painful and cause drainage from the side of the toe. If ignored, can progress to osteomyelitis.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

If neglected an ingrown toenail will become infected and that can lead to osteomyelitis (infection of the bone) or even sepsis.
Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into the skin of the toe. It becomes red, swollen, and painful. Ingrown toenails can be prevented by cutting the nails straight across and wearing proper fitting shoes.

In brief: Yes.

If neglected an ingrown toenail will become infected and that can lead to osteomyelitis (infection of the bone) or even sepsis.
Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into the skin of the toe. It becomes red, swollen, and painful. Ingrown toenails can be prevented by cutting the nails straight across and wearing proper fitting shoes.
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection.
Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications.

In brief: Yes.

Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection.
Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

An untreated abscess can form and the bacteria attack the underlying bone.
This is uncommon except when the person is compromised, like in diabetes, poor circulation or neuropathy.

In brief: Yes

An untreated abscess can form and the bacteria attack the underlying bone.
This is uncommon except when the person is compromised, like in diabetes, poor circulation or neuropathy.
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It is an uncommon but can be an unfortunate side effect of an untreated infected ingrown toenail.
This is because the bone to the digit is so near the nail bed..

In brief: Yes

It is an uncommon but can be an unfortunate side effect of an untreated infected ingrown toenail.
This is because the bone to the digit is so near the nail bed..
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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