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What happens when you leave an ingrown toenail for too long?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Adam Teichman
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Infectipn

If an ingrwon toenail is ignored an infection may develop usually requiring oral antibiottics.
In rare instances if an ingrown toenail is ignored and infection occurs for a prolong period of time the bone may be infected leading to extensive surgery and prolong antibiotics.

In brief: Infectipn

If an ingrwon toenail is ignored an infection may develop usually requiring oral antibiottics.
In rare instances if an ingrown toenail is ignored and infection occurs for a prolong period of time the bone may be infected leading to extensive surgery and prolong antibiotics.
Dr. Adam Teichman
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