Ingrowing toenails are very worrying, especially when a child is suffering. We had a worried mum ask us about their child’s toenail recently. We were able to confirm it was an ingrowing toenail, which was badly infected. The cause of the problem was not because the nails were cut too short, although this is often the case, but the child picked his nails.

As you can see from the picture this meant the nail grew into the sulci of the skin, which led to the nasty infection.

We advised a visit to the GP for antibiotics and to put cotton socks on at night to try and prevent the (unconscious) picking.

Cutting your nails in the correct way really improves the chances of the nail growing well and will reduce the risk of an ingrowing toenail.

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