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How long can you ignore ingrown toenail?

It is not advisable to ignore an ingrown toenail for too long as it can become infected and cause pain and discomfort. Depending on the severity of the ingrown toenail, it is suggested to seek medical help within a few days to a week.

If the pain and discomfort are minor, then an over the counter ointment and/or home remedies may be enough to control the inflammation while waiting to see a doctor. It is also recommended to wear open-toed shoes or sandals while the toe is healing to allow space for the nail to grow.

If the inflammation worsens and the pain become intolerable, then a doctor should be consulted right away so that treatment can be started to prevent further infection and restore the nail’s shape.

How do I know if my ingrown toenail is serious?

It is important to be aware of any warning signs that indicate your ingrown toenail may be serious. If you experience severe pain, redness, swelling, or heat around the toe, this could indicate an infection.

If the area around the toenail is filled with pus, this indicates a more advanced infection. Additionally, if the area around the toenail is draining a yellowish-colored substance, this is another telltale sign of an infection.

If any of these symptoms occur, it is important to visit your doctor as soon as possible. They can evaluate the condition of your toe, check for any signs of infection, and tailor a treatment plan to suit your needs.