Symptoms: When an ingrown toenail occurs, pain, redness, and swelling often results. If an infection is present, there will be pus as well. Usually only the big toe is affected, but any toe can have an ingrown nail.
Usually involves an in-office surgical procedure that trims the nail back and treats the surrounding skin. Generally, the problem doesn't recur, but if it does, a permanent cure is available. In this procedure, the nail matrix is removed and a chemical is used to prevent it from growing back. Inflammation may occur as a result of the chemical treatment, but this is a mild side effect that lasts only a short time. The nail that grows back in will be more narrow, but the problem will be solved.
When to See a Podiatrist: Many times, attempting to fix the problem yourself leads to more complications. Professional treatment is important-especially if there is an infection.