Ingrown Toenails Glossary of Terms

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Abscess: A local accumulation of pus anywhere in the body. The following are some example...

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness th...

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Anesthetic: A substance that causes lack of feeling or awareness, dulling pain to permit s...

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Antibacterial: Anything that destroys bacteria or suppresses their growth or their ability...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Booster shot: An additional dose of a vaccine needed periodically to 'boost' the immune sy...

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Chemotherapy: 1. In the original sense, a chemical that binds to and specifically k...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Circulation: In medicine, the movement of fluid through the body in a regular or circuitou...

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Complication: In medicine, an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result...

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Diabetes: Refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabetes mell...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Drain: A device for removing fluid from a cavity or wound. A drain is typically a tube or ...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Excision: 1. Surgical removal, as in the excision of a tumor. 2. The remov...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Fungal: Pertaining to a fungus. For example, a fungal skin infection.

Groin: The area where the thigh meets the hip.

Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

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Immunization: Vaccination. Immunizations work by stimulating the immune system, the natur...

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Immunocompromised: Having an immune system that has been impaired by disease or medical tr...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Ingrown toenail: A common disorder that occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Lateral: 1. In anatomy, the side of the body or a body part that is farther from th...

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Lymph: The almost colorless fluid that travels through the lymphatic system, carrying cell...

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Matricectomy: the process of surgically or chemically destroying all or part of the base n...

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Nail: In medicine, there are two types of nails. One is just a plain old metal nail used t...

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Numb: Numb, or numbness is a loss of the sensation of feeling in an area of the body. Numb...

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Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

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Onychocryptosis: The medical term for what is better known as an ingrown toenail. From ony...

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Open wound: An injury that is exposed because of broken skin. An open wound is at high ris...

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Osteomyelitis: Inflammation of the bone due to infection, for example, by the bacteria sal...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Phenol: 1. A poisonous corrosive compound obtained by the distillation of coal tar ...

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Poor circulation: An inadequacy of blood flow. Inadequate blood flow to a particular area ...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Pulse: The rhythmic dilation of an artery that results from beating of the heart. Pulse is...

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Recurrence: The return of a sign, symptom, or disease after a remission. The reappearance ...

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Recurrent: Appearing or occurring again. For example, a recurrent fever is a fever that ha...

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Sodium: The major positive ion (cation) in the fluid surrounding cells in the body. The ch...

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Standard of care: 1. A diagnostic and treatment process that a clinician should fol...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Temple: The area just behind and to the side of the forehead and the eye, above the side o...

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Tetanus: An often fatal infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tet...

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Toenail: A toenail is produced by living skin cells in the toe. A toenail consists of seve...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Tubes: The "tubes" are medically known as the Fallopian tubes. There are two Fallopian tub...

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Unguis incarnatus: Ingrown toenail.

X-ray: High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light. X-ray is used...

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