Infected Ingrown Toenail
Dealing with Infected Ingrown Toenail In Lees Summit, MO
Ingrown toenails happen. While this problem will often go away on its own, sometimes this problem can turn into an infection. If you are dealing with an infected ingrown toenail, our podiatrist Dr. Jeff Harsch and the team at Foot & Ankle Clinic in Lee’s Summit, MO, can provide you with the treatment you need to prevent the infected ingrown toenail from getting worse.
Signs of an Infected Ingrown Toenail
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the skin. Wondering if your ingrown toenail has become infected? Some of the classic symptoms of an infected ingrown toenail include:
- Increased or severe pain
- Swollen or tender skin around the nail
- A pus-filled blister around the nail or oozing
- Throbbing around the affected nail
When to See a Podiatrist
While most healthy individuals can treat ingrown toenails on their own, it’s important to recognize when you may need to turn to our podiatrist for treatment. Call Dr. Harsch if:
- You notice increased redness and swelling
- You notice pus or other signs of an infection
- At-home care isn’t improving your symptoms
- You have diabetes or a compromised immune system
- You develop a fever
- You notice red streaks on the skin (a sign of a more severe infection)
If you are dealing with an infected toenail we will get as much information as we can about the symptoms you are experiencing while on the phone. From there, we can determine whether you will need to come in for care the very same day for treatment. We will always work with you to find a time that fits your schedule.
Treating an Infected Ingrown Toenail
Once the toenail has become infected it’s best to turn to a podiatrist for treatment. At-home care won’t be enough to treat the infection. Prompt treatment will prevent the infection from getting worse. If the infection is caused by bacteria, Dr. Harsch will most likely prescribe antibiotics (either a pill or ointment). We may need to lift the nail to help the nail grow away from the skin. More severe infections may require partial or total nail removal.