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How to treat an ingrown toenail ?


January 30, 2020

Redness, inflammation, sensibility when touching the nail area : it could be onychocryptosis, better known under the name of ingrown toenail.

In order to prevent an infection of the wound, an ingrown toenail must be treated as soon as possible. Above all, soak the affected area in saline water twice a day will help relieve discomfort. Make sure to disinfect your foot with soap and dry it right after a shower or a bath. Your podiatrist may reduce the pressure by cutting the affected nail.  To eliminate the problem and avoid recurrence, a minor surgery might be necessary.

The ingrown toenail afflicts adults as well as children and there are multiple causes. It can be the result of  external factors, such as inappropriate cutting technique or too much pressure on your feet due to poorly adjusted shoes.  It can also be caused by the shape of your nails or by an infection, like the nail fungus.

Do not hesitate to consult your podiatrist.  He is best positioned to advise you on how to avoid ingrown toenails and direct you towards the best treatment.

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