Ingrown Toe Nail Treatment

An ingrown toenail occurs when the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The toenail curls and pierces the skin, which becomes red, swollen and tender.

  • A common problem in adolescents and young adults 
  • Usually affects hallux 
  • Due to the lateral edge of nail cutting and growing into adjacent soft tissue 
  • May get superimposed bacterial and fungal infection 


  • Poor-fitting shoes 
  • Poor foot care 
  • Poor nail cutting


  • Regular soaking of foot 
  • Careful drying after washing 
  • Well fitting shoes
  • Cutting nails transversely 
  • Cotton wool under nail 

Ablation of nail bed 

Surgical or chemical 

Partial (wedge) or complete (Zadek’s)

For more information please have a look at the HSE information page link here:

Ingrown toenail –

Get in touch for an antibiotic script if you are acutely infected and we can plan removal after the infection settles and you are ready for the procedure.


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