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Understanding Ingrown Nails: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Welcome to The House of Skin, your trusted destination for dermatological care at Kiran Hospital, Ludhiana. Today, let’s delve into a common but often painful condition: ingrown nails.

Ingrown nails occur when the edge or corner of a toenail grows into the skin instead of straight out. While it can affect any toe, it’s most common in the big toe. Although seemingly minor, ingrown nails can lead to significant discomfort and even infections if left untreated.


Causes of Ingrown Nails:

  1. Improper Nail Trimming: Cutting nails too short or rounding them off can encourage the nail to grow into the surrounding skin.
  2. Ill-Fitting Footwear: Shoes that crowd the toes or put pressure on the toenails can contribute to the development of ingrown nails.
  3. Trauma: Stubbing your toe or dropping something heavy on it can cause the nail to grow improperly.
  4. Genetics: Some individuals are predisposed to ingrown nails due to the shape or structure of their nails.
  5. Poor Foot Hygiene: Failing to keep the feet clean and dry can increase the risk of ingrown nails, especially in combination with sweaty feet.


Symptoms of Ingrown Nails:

  1. Pain and Tenderness: Ingrown nails often cause pain and tenderness along the side of the nail.
  2. Redness and Swelling: The surrounding skin may become swollen, red, and inflamed.
  3. Infection: If bacteria enter the area, it can lead to infection, characterized by pus, warmth, and increased pain.
  4. Difficulty Walking: Severe cases of ingrown nails can make it painful to walk or wear shoes comfortably.


Treatment Options:

  1. Soak Your Feet: Soaking your feet in warm water can help reduce swelling and relieve pain associated with ingrown nails.
  2. Proper Nail Trimming: Trim your nails straight across and avoid cutting them too short to prevent ingrown nails from developing.
  3. Wear Proper Footwear: Opt for shoes with ample toe room to prevent pressure on the toes and nails.
  4. Avoid Picking or Digging: Refrain from attempting to dig out an ingrown nail as it can lead to further complications and infections.
  5. Seek Professional Help: If home remedies don’t provide relief or if the condition worsens, consult a dermatologist or podiatrist for proper treatment.


At The House of Skin, our experienced team can provide expert care for ingrown nails, including conservative treatments and minor procedures if necessary. Located at Kiran Hospital, Gill Rd, Opp. Janta Nagar Chowk, Dasmesh Nagar, Ludhiana, Punjab 141003, we prioritize your comfort and well-being.


Don’t let ingrown nails disrupt your daily life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward healthy, pain-free feet.

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