Any time an ingrown toenail has developed into an infection (drainage, a fever, lighter skin surrounded by red skin, or worsening pain and swelling), see a doctor.
Even if the ingrown toenail is only inflamed without infection, see a doctor if the following conditions also occur:
Most ingrown toenails can be managed in the doctor's office. However, go to the Emergency Department (by car, not ambulance) if these circumstances develop.
If it is early in the course of the ingrown toenail, then home care may be successful in preventing the need for surgery.
The toe usually heals well after this procedure. The primary concern is whether the nail will become ingrown again, which can occur even after destruction of the nail-growing cells.
If part of the toenail was removed, it will grow back within 12 months.
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