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How Do I Know If I Have an Ingrown Toenail Infection?

author image Kathryn Meininger
Kathryn Meininger began writing and publishing poetry in 1967. She was co-founder and editor of the professional magazine "Footsteps" and began writing articles online in 2010. She earned a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in biology from William Paterson University.
How Do I Know If I Have an Ingrown Toenail Infection?
Ingrown toenails can be uncomfortable. Photo Credit: Winai_Tepsuttinun/iStock/Getty Images

An ingrown toenail occurs when one corner of the toenail grows into the skin. Because the ingrown nail cuts into the skin, an infection can occur at that site. An infected ingrown toenail will be sore, red and swollen, possibly with blood and/or pus along the side of it. An infected ingrown toenail is not something to ignore, as it can lead to some serious repercussions. According to the National Institutes Of Health when an infected ingrown toenail occurs in someone with diabetes, poor circulation or nerve damage, it MUST be treated by a podiatrist or other medical professional.

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Look at the toenail corner for redness, swelling, an open or closed wound and blood and/or pus.

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Locate the ingrown nail, which is the nail spike that grows into the skin.

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Use the magnifying glass to view more closely. Use the tweezers to gently pull aside the nail border if necessary.

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