When edges of nails grow into the skin leading to pain and infection in certain cases, it is referred to as Ingrown Toenails. Ingrown toenails should be treated at early stages else its symptoms and infection can become severe in later stages. Initial-stage symptoms involve some pain and swelling around the nail which can lead to bleeding or oozing pus if not managed on a timely basis.
Causes of Nail Infection
● Fungi and Bacteria: Infection can make skin near the nail more prone to ingrown toenails.
● Warm and Moist Environments: Those who have moisture and sweat inside shoes and socks will have more tendency to get ingrown toenails as the skin starts becoming soft.
● Ageing: With age nail becomes thicker leading to more susceptibility to developing ingrown toenails.
● Cutting nails incorrectly and making irregular edges can lead to growth inside the skin
● Injuries in toenails. Persistent conditions like diabetes can also lead to the development of ingrown toenails due to breakage or infection
● Trauma to Nails: Wearing tight footwear generates pressure on the toes and is also a cause of sweating inside shoes. This can lead to ingrown toenails as well.
Treatment for Ingrown Toenails at Dr. Haror's Wellness
● Medications: If infection is there then medications can be prescribed in form of oral tablets or topical medications.
● Targeted Approach: Nail Avulsion Surgeries can be done under local anaesthetic, where extra nail is cut from the edges that is extending into the skin.
● Management of Ingrown toenails: Soaking the feet in warm water and cutting our extended nail edges can be done at home. Avoid wearing tight footwear and apply antibiotics topically to prevent any kind of infection.
● Expert Consultation: For an accurate diagnosis and personalised care, it’s important to consult with the specialists at Dr. Haror’s Wellness Centre.