Ingrown toenail (Onychocryptosis)

An ingrown toenail is a common problem where the nail grows into the toe. Ingrown toenail usually affects the big toe.


  • Soak the affected toe in warm water 3 to 4 times a day – this decreases the swelling of skin and prevents the nail growing into it.
  • Wear wide, comfortable shoes or sandals.


  • Do not cut the toenail – allow it to grow out.
  • Do not wear tight, pointy shoes.

Surgical Treatment

  • Consult your dermatologist in case conservative (non-surgical) management fails.
  • Nail Avulsion under local anesthesia followed by phenolisation of the lateral matrix horn can be performed by your dermatologist.

Post Surgical Care

  • Bed rest for one day.
  • Restricted activity for two weeks.
  • Normal routine activity can be resumed from 3rd week.
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