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.
How do you fix an ingrown toenail?
- Soak your feet in warm water. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes three to four times a day.
- Place cotton or dental floss under your toenail. After each soaking, put fresh bits of cotton or waxed dental floss under the ingrown edge.
- Apply antibiotic cream.
- Choose sensible footwear.
- Take pain relievers.
What does an ingrown toenail look like?
At first, the skin next to the nail may be tender, swollen, or hard. The nail may feel painful in response to pressure, and there may be inflamed and overgrown skin at the tip of the toe. The ingrowing toenail may also leak blood and white or yellow pus. Fluid may also build up in the area.
How painful is an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails can be painful, and they usually worsen in stages. Early-stage symptoms include: skin next to the nail becoming tender, swollen, or hard. pain when pressure is placed on the toe.
When should you go to the doctor for an ingrown toenail?
Call your doctor if your toe is red, warm, swollen, or drains pus, or if there are red streaks leading from your toe. Your doctor might give you antibiotics. If your toenail is very ingrown, your doctor might suggest minor surgery to remove all or part of the ingrown nail.