Public Service Announcement: If You Have an Ingrown Toenail, Please Do Not Pick At It!
One of the most common problems we see here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care are ingrown toenails. They can happen to anyone and some people are more prone to getting them. An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail is unable to grow upward, for a number reason, and instead starts to grown into the skin. They can be painful and due to the breaking of skin, they can get infected.
Ingrowns can cause the skin to become red and irritated. Since they are painful, many people try to dig or cut them out themselves. While this does work for some people, those who are diabetic or have compromised immune systems would be best to leave it to a doctor to remove the ingrown nail. Once an ingrown toenail becomes infected though, it is best to leave it alone all together, and call a doctor.
There are several reasons you do not want to pick at an ingrown toenail that is showing signs of infections. First of all, you can make the infection worse. There are many different types of infection and opening the area up can welcome more bacteria, viruses or fungi into the wound. Picking at the site can also push the infection deeper into the tissue, and eventually bone. Having an infection in the skin and tissue is bad enough, but a bone infection can comprise the entirety of your health. If you think you have an ingrown, the best thing to do is call the doctor and have a professional remove it. This can save you pain, money and time.