The Sad Saga of an Ingrown Toenail

Here’s the deal, if you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, it is one health condition that you will never forget!

It really doesn’t matter if you are a boy or a girl, a man or a woman, we all are susceptible to this potentially painful toe condition. One of the biggest challenges is that the aching pain and throbbing of that toe can nearly drive you to your knees at times.

A common foot condition, an ingrown toes occurs when the sharp edge of the toenail begins to burrow its way into the soft and fleshy part of the toe skin that surrounds the nail.

One of the first symptoms is the pain, redness and edema found along the edge of the skin where the nail is pushing into the tender toe skin. This happens because as the nail itself is growing, the sharp edge of the nail decides to bury itself in the side of the toe. Good grief! What is that toenail thinking!!

This condition occurs most commonly to the great big toe and if it is bad enough, the ingrown toenail can even lead to an infection of the nail. This of course will require even more extensive treatment in order to battle back the toe infection.

Now hear this! If you have an ingrown toenail and you get an infection, you cannot ignore it! The infection must be treated. Without proper treatment your toenail may develop an abscess and have to treated surgically for adequate management.

However, if the pain from the toenail is severe or spreading, then you should see your physician for her help to relieve the pain of the ingrown toenail.

It is important to remember that if you have diabetes or any other health condition that causes poor circulation to your feet or one that puts you at a higher risk for any type of infection, then you should not try to treat an ingrown toenail on your own. You must see your health care provider for assistance.

You must deal with an ingrown toenail. It really doesn’t matter if you do it yourself or if your health care provider has to help you out, an ingrown toenail is not going to simply resolve on its own.

The ingrown toenail that is throbbing and aching right now, is something that once dealt with, you will wonder why on earth you didn’t do it sooner! With early and aggressive treatment hopefully you will be able to avoid a potential infection.