What is it?
An ingrown nail mean that the edge of the nail is growing into the skin.
What are the symptoms?
Ingrown nails most commonly occur on the big toe nail, but can affect any nail. Symptoms include pain and tenderness of the skin. The ingrown nail and surrounding skin may become inflammed, cause redness, swelling and (an increase in) pain.
What to expect?
If you are diagnosed with an ingrown nail, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:
- What treatment options do you have?
- Some patients with ingrown nail may have other underlying medical conditions with which they are regularly taking medications. Ask if any prescribed medications have drug interactions with current medications being taken.
- Once treatment is successful, what precautionary measures do you need to do to avoid having ingrown nails in the future?
In addition to treatment by your doctor you can try the following things:
- Painkillers might help in relieving pain and fever.