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Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown Toenails: An ingrown toenail is a common condition in which the corner or side of one of your toenails grows into the soft flesh of that toe. The result is pain, redness, swelling and infection. An ingrown toenail usually affects your big toe.

There are several possible causes of an ingrown toenail, including:
  •     incorrectly cut toenails
  •     tight-fitting shoes, socks or tights
  •     excessive sweating or poor foot hygiene
  •     injury
  •     nail infections
  •     natural shape of the toenail
Often you can take care of ingrown toenails on your own. If the pain is severe your doctor can take steps to relieve your discomfort and help you avoid complications of an ingrown toenail.  If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor circulation to your feet, you are at greater risk of complications from an ingrown toenail.

If you still have an ingrown toenail after you've tried self-care treatments, see your doctor or podiatrist for advice. Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who specialise in diagnosing and treating foot conditions. Depending on how severe your ingrown toenail is, surgery might be recommended.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

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