Ingrown Nail Symptoms

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.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Neha Pathak, MD on August 25, 2020

Sources

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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