"It's red and puffy!"
"It looks horrible!"
What is an Ingrown Toenail?
Ingrown toenails usually don’t resolve until that nail spike is gone. Antibiotics for this reason often don't work. Without treatment the pain and infection can last for months.
Why do they happen?!
- Cutting nails too short
- Leaving bits of nail down the sides when trimming nails
- Picking toe nails
- Tight fitting and narrow shoes (footwear tips here)
- History of ingrown toe nails in the family
- Trauma to the nail
- Fungal infections
How do I know if it’s infected??
- Rule #1 toenail edge is SORE
- Toe is red
- There is swelling and pus
What can I do about it?
- Try soaking the toe in warm salt water 10 minutes each day
- Apply Betadine twice per day
- You can try cutting the nail back yourself - proceed with caution
If you've tried this and it hasn't worked for a week, best to see a Podiatrist immediately.
What will a Podiatrist do?
As Podiatrists we treat and fix Ingrown Toenails every day in our job!
If you have a persistent Ingrown Toenail book an appointment today!
Read more about Ingrown Toenails HERE