Nothing can hurt quite like an ingrown toenail. Ask anyone who’s ever had one. So what is an ingrown toenail exactly? It’s a toenail that goes rogue and instead of growing straight, it becomes ‘ingrown’. This happens when a sharp corner of the toenail digs into the side of the toe at the end of, or at the side of a toe — it can happen to any toe, but is most common in the big toe. The medical term is onychocryptosis or unguis incarnates, but whatever you call it, it causes pain and inflammation at the spot where the nail curls into the skin.
My best advice if you have one is: Don’t Tough it Out. While it’s admirable to be stoic, and hope things will improve on their own, don’t — the inflamed area can begin to grow extra tissue, become infected and/or drain a yellowish fluid. Who’d want that?
My second best piece of advice is: Know The Causes So You Can Minimize The Risk
The good news is that there are a range of treatment options.
After all, life should be a walk in the park!