An ingrown toenail refers to the condition where a corner or edge of the toenail grows into the flesh of the toe. This can cause symptoms such as:
Ingrowns are most likely to affect the big toe, but other toes may have this problem as well.
There are several causes of ingrown toenails, including:
There are a few things you can try at home to help relieve the pain caused by an ingrown toenail. Ingrowns might be significantly helped by simple actions such as:
If after applying these self-care principles you still need professional help, a physician will help you identify the underlying cause of the ingrown toenail and ultimately some relief.