Ingrown Nail Symptoms

Medically Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on August 12, 2022

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of an Ingrown Nail?

The signs and symptoms of an ingrown nail include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness around a toenail, usually the big toe
  • The sharp end of the nail will be pressing into the flesh on one or both sides of the nail.
  • Pus coming from the area around your nail
  • Bleeding
  • Your skin folds over the nail

When to Call Your Doctor About an Ingrown Nail

Let the doctor know if:

  • You have signs of infection, like severe pain or pus.
  • The pain doesn't go away after you treat the nail.
  • Your nails are so hard or thick that you can’t treat the nail.
  • You have diabetes, which raises your risk of complications from foot infections.

Show Sources


American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

American Academy of Family Physicians.

Mayo Clinic: “Ingrown toenails.”

Foot Health Facts: “Ingrown Toenail.”

Intermountain Healthcare: “Caring for an Infected or Ingrown Toenail.”

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