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What causes ingrown toe-nails to form?

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Dr. Barry Resnik
Dermatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Barry Resnik
Dr. Barry Resnik
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
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In brief: Tight shoes

Improper cutting, trauma or injury, genetic are some common causes.

In brief: Tight shoes

Improper cutting, trauma or injury, genetic are some common causes.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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In brief: Several things

Improper cutting of the nail, trauma, tight shoes.

In brief: Several things

Improper cutting of the nail, trauma, tight shoes.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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