Learn about the causes of Ingrown Toe Nail & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Ingrown Toe Nail within New Zealand.
Ingrowing toe nails also known as Onychocryptosis or unguis incarnates is a common nail problem. The condition is very painful form of nail disease in which nail grows or cuts into one/ both sides of the nail bed. Whilst this condition can occur on the hands and feet it occurs most commonly in the feet.
When the toenail curves and cuts into the skin surface it can result in swelling, tenderness and infection. The big toe is most commonly affected on either side of the nail and if left untreated can cause pain when walking and serious infection.
The common causes of an ingrown toenail are:
The first symptoms of an ingrown toenail are swollen and tender skin around the nail. Once the skin's surface has been pierced by the nail, the area can become infected resulting in blood and pus oozing from the edge.
An ingrown toenail can also appear red and inflamed and be painful to stand or walk on.
The symptoms of an ingrown toenail are usually obvious for you to diagnose the problem but a visit to the GP will be necessary if the condition is severe. A GP will examine the nail and may prescribe antibiotics to clear up any infection. You may be referred to a podiatrist for further treatment and if necessary surgery to correct the problem.