Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown-ToenailsAn ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail pierces the skin along the sides of the toe. An ingrown toenail is graded between 1 and 3 depending on the severity of the situation. Generally, an ingrown toenail will not resolve on its own and all cases the nail piece must be removed. In grade 1 cases this is a very simple process, and does not require any local anesthesia. In other cases (usually grade 3) the toe has become infected and the patient may require antibiotics. (It is important to remember that antibiotics will settle the inflammation and infection, but the toe nail will remain ingrown.) Grade 3 ingrown toenails will generally require nail surgery to correct the problem.

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