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Happy Feet: 5 Tips to Remedy Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown Toenail, pain, causes
Cedars-Sinai physician assistant Alex R. Turnipseed, PA-C

Alex R. Turnipseed, PA-C

It's no fun to take your shoes off after a long day and get no relief because your toe—often your big toe—keeps hurting. You sit down to get a closer look. The skin bordering your nail bed is red, irritated and swollen. It's painful and tender to the touch. You have an ingrown toenail, and if you’re like most people, the next 3-4 days will be filled with an arsenal of nail clippers, antibiotics, and Band-Aids.

Alex Turnipseed, a physician's assistant at Cedars-Sinai Urgent Care, sees a few patients complaining of ingrown toenails per month. For some, the painful problem repeats itself frequently. He usually fixes the nail by using special tools to cut the ingrown part away.

"The good news is they very rarely lead to any serious infections or complications," he says.

Here are some tips to speed recovery, prevent infection, and figure out when it’s time to make a trip to the doctor.

What is an ingrown toenail?

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