When a toenail is ingrown, it is curved and grows into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the sides of the nail). This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the toe.
If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter and cause an infection in the area, which is often marked by drainage and a foul odor. However, even if the toe isn’t painful, red, swollen, or warm, a nail that curves downward into the skin can progress to an infection.
An ingrown toenail is when a patient’s nail grows in a way where it cuts into one or both sides of the nail bed. Symptoms of an ingrown toenail include pain along the margins of the nail, sensitivity to pressure of any kind (for example: the weight of bedsheets), redness, and swelling around the nail. Ingrown toenail procedures can be done in a short amount of time in the office. Using the latest technology of our CO2 laser, we can improve your chances of your ingrown toenail from growing back.