An ingrown toenail is
often caused by an improperly trimmed nail that cuts into the skin or by
wearing shoes that are too tight. Because the cut can easily become
infected, prompt care is needed.
Cut toenails straight across so the edges cannot cut into the
Wear roomy shoes.
Wash your feet and change your socks often.
Soak your foot in warm water.
Wedge a small piece of wet tissue under the comer of the nail to help it
grow out straight.
Trim the nail straight across once it has grown out enough to do so.
When to Call a
Health Professional ?
If signs of infection develop:
1. Increased pain, swelling, or tenderness
2. Red streaks extending from the area
3. Discharge of pus
4. Fever of 100' or higher with no other cause
If yellow-brown discoloration, nail destruction, or other signs of
fungal infection develop, tell your doctor at your next
If you have diabetes or circulatory problems. The risk of infection is
higher in people who have these conditions