Ingrown Toenails (cont.)
Ingrown Toenail Symptoms and Signs
An ingrown toenail is a common disorder that most often affects the outer edge of the big toe. However, the nail on any toe, or the nail on both sides of a toe, can become ingrown. The most common signs and symptoms are pain, redness, and swelling at the corner of a toenail.
- Early in the course of an ingrown toenail, the end of the toe becomes reddened and painful with mild swelling. There is no pus or drainage. It may feel warm to the touch, but you
will not have a fever.
- Later, extra skin and tissue will grow around the sharp point of the nail. A yellowish drainage may begin. This is the body's response to the trauma of a nail irritating the skin and is not necessarily an infection.
- Sometimes an infection develops. In this case, the swelling will become worse, and there may be white- or yellow-colored drainage
(pus) from the area. A lighter-colored area of the skin may be surrounded by red skin. You may develop a fever, although this is unusual.
Allison Harvey, MD, FACEP
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