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Ingrown nails are also know as Onychocryptosis.  Ingrown nails are not uncommon, as many people suffer from this condition.  An ingrown nail is when one or both sides of the nail cuts into the nail bed.

Signs and symptoms of an ingrown nail are pain and inflammation around the nail.  The nail will be very sensitive to touch and any kind of pressure.  Infection may present with the secretion of pus or blood tinged discharge.

The causes of an ingrown toenails are poorly fitting shoes that place pressure on the nail as well as tight stockings.  The moist nature of feet help promote infection, so cleanliness is important. Finger nails can become ingrown as well.  This may occur due to trauma to the nail and poor finger nail clipping. There is also a genetic component.  The way the nail grows, due to abnormally shaped nail beds and nail deformities can cause this condition.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ingrown nails are a very common condition and are caused when there is too much pressure between the side of the nail and the skin. They occur most commonly in the big toe.

Symptoms of ingrown nails include, redness, swelling, pain, and sometimes infection if left untreated. People with diabetes need to pay particular attention to the care of their feet since ingrown toe nails can become infected.

The most common causes of ingrown nails include wearing shoes that are too tight, abnormalities in the soft tissue surrounding the nail, and improperly cut nails.

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