How to Prevent Ingrowing Infected Toenails

An ingrown toenail can happen to any toe.  An ingrowing toenail is when the side(s) of a toenail grows directly into the surrounding skin of the toe.  This condition can be severely painful and can cause redness, swelling and drainage from the toe.

Here are some tips to help prevent ingrown toenails from occurring. Please keep your feet healthy and reduce your risk of an ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails are not only painful, but if you leave them without treatment then it may result in an infection.  Also, the skin on your toes can begin to grow over your toenail. In severe cases, where ingrown toenails lack treatment in a timely manner, they can result in serious infections and the ingrown portion of your nail may need to be surgically removed which is a simple procedure. If you experience an ingrown toenail, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Wenjay Sung

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