Nail conditions and diseases


Preventing Ingrown Toenails
Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by following these two important tips:
Trim your nails properly. Cut your toenails in a fairly straight line, and don’t cut them too short. You should be able to get your fingernail under the sides and end of the nail.
Avoid poorly-fitting shoes. Don’t wear shoes that are short or tight in the toe box. Also avoid shoes that are loose, because they too cause pressure on the toes, especially when you run or walk briskly.


The Truths About Home Treatment

Myth: Cutting a notch (a “V”) in the nail will reduce the tendency for the nail to curve downward.

Truth: Cutting a “V” does not affect the growth of the toenail. New nail growth will continue to
curve downward.

Myth: Repeated trimming of the nail
borders is a good way to treat ingrown toenails.

Truth: Repeated nail trimming fails to correct future nail growth and can make the condition worse.

Myth: Cotton placed under the nail will relieve the pain.

Truth: Cotton placed under the nail can be harmful. It can easily harbor bacteria and encourage infection.

Myth: You can buy effective ingrown
toenail treatments at the drug store.

Truth: Over-the-counter topical medications may mask the pain, but they fail to address the underlying problem




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