Understanding Ingrown Nails -- Symptoms

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of an Ingrown Nail?

Pain, swelling, and redness around a toenail, usually the big toe, is a symptom of an ingrown nail. The sharp end of the nail will be pressing into the flesh on one or both sides of the nail.

Call Your Doctor About an Ingrown Nail if:

The ingrown nail becomes infected (severe pain and pus develop), the pain doesn't go away after attending to the nail, or your nails are so hard or thick that you cannot relieve the condition. Medical intervention is needed, especially for people with diabetes, who are at risk for complications from foot infections.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on January 23, 2020


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