How to Treat an Ingrown Nail Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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Ingrown toenails can be more than a little uncomfortable. Avoid these nail problems with our easy ways to treat ingrown toenails.

What is one of the main causes of ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails are one of the most common side effects of picking footwear that doesn't really fit your feet.


Cutting your toenails incorrectly can cause ingrown toenails. True or false?

Ill-fitting shoes are one of the main causes of ingrown toenails. Other common causes include cutting your toenails incorrectly, injury and heredity.


People with toenails that naturally curve are:

If you were born with nails that are too large for your toes or nails that naturally curve, you may be more at risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Which of these is NOT a symptom of an ingrown toenail?

Symptoms of ingrown nails include redness, swelling, pain and sometimes pus drainage.


After you've treated an ingrown toenail, you should steer clear of what type of shoe?

You'll probably need to go barefoot -- or at least bare-toed -- for a few days to give the nail time to heal. After the nail heals, wear shoes that have rounded edges -- pointed shoes can scrunch your toes and encourage another ingrown toenail.


What medicine cabinet staple can help treat an ingrown toenail?

If the nail isn't infected, one of the most common and effective home remedies is to take a cotton ball or some waxed dental floss and place it under the nail. This separates the nail from the skin into which it's growing.


What's a common, in-office medical treatment for ingrown toenails?

A doctor will typically remove the nail only partially. Removing the entire nail may enable it to grow back in the same distorted shape, but partial nail removal will prevent the ingrown part of the nail from coming back.


People with what medical condition are more prone to complications with ingrown toenails?

Diabetes can damage your nerves, making it more difficult to recognize a foot injury, and if an injury is left untreated, it can become infected. An infection is more problematic for people with diabetes because the disease hinders the body's ability to fight infection.


An untreated ingrown toenail may infect:

An untreated ingrown toenail may begin to infect the bone that lies beneath it, which can lead to a serious bone infection.


How should an infected ingrown toenail be treated?

A physician can prescribe topical or oral antibiotics to fight the infection. At home, you can soak your toes in soapy water or salt water and then apply an antiseptic and a sterile bandage.


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