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Causes of Ingrown Toe Nails!

Dr. Shaurya Rohatgi 93% (6497 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Causes of Ingrown Toe Nails!

Ingrown toenails have become a common trouble these days and there are many causes that are responsible for the same. Nail edges or corners mostly get affected by this trouble. It often appears to be a toenail infection while it is not so. Bigger toes are highly prone to this toenail issue; therefore you need to be very careful.

Before the issue can become serious, you should take careful steps to prevent the same. Medical advice is required so that the right treatment can be chosen, which gives you an instant relief from the symptoms. The skin around the nail becomes tender and might get swollen or hard coupled with a lot of pain in the toe.

Leading causes for ingrown toenails:

  1. Incorrect nail-cutting: If you make a mistake in cutting your toenail correctly, then you might face the situation of an ingrown toenail. Therefore, you should always finely concentrate while cutting your toenails with the help of any nail cutter. In most of the cases, curved or irregular nails are to be cut with great care.
  2. Wrong footwear: If you have chosen the wrong footwear, which create tremendous amount of pressure on your feet, it may develop this kind of nail condition. Only repeated or consistent usage of these kinds of footwear can develop this horrible situation. Sometimes, extremely tight stockings or socks can also be responsible for ingrown toenails.
  3. Improper hygiene: Acute foot hygiene needs to be maintained without any fail otherwise you will not be able to prevent ingrown nails. You should always keep your feet clean and dry. If your feet remain in contact with moisture for a long time, then this condition might arise. You can now use specialized solutions available in the market for washing the nails on your feet.
  4. Toenail injury: If you have any injury on your toenail, then it needs to be corrected as soon as possible otherwise the injury will get converted into ingrown nails. Which further results in acute painful sensations and these kinds of experiences are simply unbearable. Poor posture can bring injuries to your toenails. If you have any existing toe injuries, then you should try your level best for the speedy recovery of the same.
  5. Poor health-conditions: There are many health conditions, which result in ingrown toenails out of which diabetes is the most prominent one. Due to poor blood circulation, the nails on your feet get damaged internally resulting in ingrown nails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails can be treated by partial nail avulsion with chemical cauterization. Nail avulsion is the most common surgical method performed in the toenails. A partial or complete nail avulsion can be performed, depending upon the location and the extent of the problem. In partial nail avulsion, only a part of the nail is removed from the nail bed. On the other hand, in complete nail avulsion, all of the nail is removed from the nail bed.

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Respected sir/madam, My foot finger toe nails swelling and severe pain. I clean daily but no relief. What should I do for permanent treatment.

Dr. S.K. Tandon 95% (44102 ratings)
M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG, CCCS ( CARDIOLOGY & STROKE)
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
Respected sir/madam, My foot finger toe nails swelling and severe pain. I clean daily but no relief. What should I do...
There may be either infection or blood supply restriction. Get cbc esr crp tests revert me report also send photo of affected areas.
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What can be causing my fingernails to turn a reddish purple color? When it happens I tend to have dizzy spells and blurred vision.

Dr. Sreepada Kameswara Rao 96% (20041 ratings)
DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopathy Doctor, Hyderabad
What can be causing my fingernails to turn a reddish purple color? When it happens I tend to have dizzy spells and bl...
Blue fingernails are caused by a low level or lack of oxygen circulating in your red blood cells. This condition is known as cyanosis. It occurs when there isn't enough oxygen in your blood, making the skin or membrane below the skin turn a purplish-blue color. You need personal examination. Please consult your local physician for checkup and advice.
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Homoeopathy Treatment Of Periungual Warts!

Dr. Jyoti Singh 91% (1068 ratings)
BHMS, MA Psychology & Traning Counselling
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
Homoeopathy Treatment Of Periungual Warts!

What are periungual warts?

Periungual warts also are known as nail warts or fingernail warts is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Hpv can enter the skin through a cut or scrape. They are a cluster around the nails (fingernail or toenail). They appear as thickened, fissured, cauliflower-like skin around the nails. Nail-biting increases susceptibility to these warts.

At first, they are about the size of a pinhead smooth, shiny and virtually impossible to spot. But after a week or months, they grow to the size of a pea and have rough, irregular bumps that can affect nail. In the most severe cases, the nail can be permanently deformed and this can lead to fungal infection

Risk factors

Various risk factors for periungual warts include:

  • Periungual warts affect children and young adults, especially if they are nail biters as HPV enters the skin through cuts or scrapes. These warts are difficult to treat.
  • Those who pick nail cuticles frequently.
  •  People with a compromised immune system are at higher risk of developing periungual warts and if they develop it then its very hard to treat warts.
  • In cases of atopic dermatitis due to scratching the HPV can enter the skin.
  • Using clothes and towels of an infected person can also give you HPV and warts would develop.
  • Those who work in water for long in public places are more susceptible to catch the infection.
  • Those who don't maintain hygiene are also at increased risk.


Complications

  • If periungual warts are not treated they may cause permanent damage to the skin and nails. The nails may get deformed permanently.
  • Further infection may also be seen in soft tissues and surrounding areas.


Symptoms and cause

Symptoms

The periungual warts are rough grainy bumps around and under the nail. They are usually small bumps around the toenails or fingernails.
Periungual warts also lead to loss of cuticle and increase the risk of self tissue infection. They are usually skin-toned, pink, tan or white.
Small warts are usually painless but when they increase in size then they develop pain
Periungual warts hinder with the nail growth causing split nails.
The cuticles are also deformed

Causes

  • Periungual warts caused by the HPV (the human papillomavirus). This virus can be present in many people without showing any indication of a warts.
  • Periungual warts found in persons who pick and bite their nails. Broken skin allows easy entry for the virus. Periungual warts often cause loss of the cuticle and paronychia. These kind of warts cause damage to the nail by lifting the nail from the skin or causing the nail to partially detach.
  • Hpv is found on the surface of things used by an infected person so if someone else comes in contact with the surface they also contract the infection.

 

Diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosis

  • Visual appearance and the location is enough for diagnosing a case of periungual warts as periungual warts develop around the finger and toenails. They appear as thickened, fissured cauliflower-like skin around the nail plate. They can cause discomfort or pain and may disrupt nail growth.
  • In case of doubt scrapings of the hyperkeratotic area can be sent for evaluation.


Treatment

  • Conventional treatment for periungual warts include salicylic acid, cryotherapy, laser therapy, surgical removal, antigen injections but these treatments are not permanent as they can regrow and come back in more fierce form. Thus homoeopathic treatment is the best treatment for periungual warts.


Management

  • Periungual warts are contagious and can infect even during the course of treatment. Following steps would help with the cases of periungual warts:
  • Patient should be advised to maintain hygiene and wash hands regularly.
  • Don't tough warts of other people.
  • Keep your personal items like nail clipper, towels, clothes separately.
  • Wear protective gloves while working especially in water.
  • Don't bite your fingernails or pick your cuticles.
  • Use disposable items in public places like salon, nail spa etc.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Maintain your hydration.


Homoeopathic management

  • There are medicines like thuja, natrum mur, graphites, nitric acid, Ranunculus bulbosus etc which can remove the periungual warts completely without recurrence. But medicine depends on the presentation of the case and should never be taken without consulting a registered homoeopath. Homoeopathy has a permanent cure for periungual warts.


Do’s and don’ts

Do’s

  • Wash the hands regularly.
  • Maintain hygiene.
  • Wear protective gloves when washing the dishes.
  • If someone has warts, avoid touching the area or items that have come into contact with them.
  • Use disposable items in public places like salon, nail spa etc.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Maintain your hydration.
  • Keep your personal items like nail clipper, towels, clothes separately, don't share them.


Don’ts

  • Do not share towels, nails polish, or other items.
  • Don't bite your nails.
  • Don't pick the nail cuticles.
  • Don't cut the warts.

Nail Care Tips!

Dr. Deepti Dhillon 86% (187 ratings)
MBBS, DDV, Aesthetic medicine
Dermatologist, Delhi
Nail Care Tips!

Fit and strong nails can be achieved by dipping them into lukewarm mustard oil daily for 8-10 minutes.

I am 25 year old since past few days I noticed a light red band on the lunula of my nail plate I was having cellulitis of the right leg and had typhoid a month bk.

Dr. Jyoti Singh 91% (1068 ratings)
BHMS, MA Psychology & Traning Counselling
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
I am 25 year old since past few days I noticed a light red band on the lunula of my nail plate I was having celluliti...
this is not a problem because it's show when your body is little disturbed. in your case it happened due to typhoid so no worry it will go away when you better.
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Fungal Infection In Nails - Ways To Treat It!

Dr. Prashant Sinha 94% (33 ratings)
MBBS, MD Dermatology
Dermatologist, Allahabad
Fungal Infection In Nails - Ways To Treat It!

Fungal infection in the nails, otherwise called onychomycosis, is a frequently seen issue. Side effects include irritation, swelling, yellowing, thickening or itching of the nail. It is normally not painful, unless the infection spreads further.

The fungal infection has a tendency to occur under specific conditions, like unusual pH levels of the skin, a weak immune system, nonstop introduction to a damp surrounding including sweat-soaked shoes and socks, poor cleanliness and diabetes.

In case if left untreated, fungal infection in the nails can bring about breakage and even total loss of the nails. The good news is that the bacteria present inside the nails is reparable and can be dealt with reasonably. Various common home cures can cure the infection in a couple of weeks. These are as follows:

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is somewhat acidic and can keep fungus from spreading. In the meantime, it eliminates the bacteria and parasites.
  2. Tea Tree OilTea tree oil has germ-free and antifungal properties that help to a considerable measure in the treatment of fungal growth. This oil is likewise used to treat different sorts of skin infections.
  3. Baking Soda: Baking soda is readily accessible in many kitchens and can be utilized to cure the fungal growth. It will also kill the foul smell.
  4. White Vinegar: White vinegar is one of the best remedies for treating toenail fungus since it battles the infection and reestablishes the skin's pH levels.
  5. Oregano oilOregano oil has germ-free, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, pain relieving and antifungal properties. This makes oregano oil a powerful treatment for fungal infections.
  6. Listerine Mouthwash: Listerine mouthwash, which eliminates microbes and germs in the mouth, can likewise be utilized to treat the fungus. The mouthwash has a few mixes and liquor that act as a solid germicide to keep away destructive bacteria and organisms.
  7. GarlicGarlic contains compounds like allicin and ajoene, which have antifungal properties that can treat toenail fungus.
  8. Lemon Juice: Lemon juice has both sterile and antifungal properties. The citrus extract in lemon squeeze likewise will prevent the fungal growth from spreading.
  9. Lavender OilLavender oil has a few unpredictable mixes and germ-free properties that can battle any sort of contamination and forestall skin swelling.
  10. Orange OilOrange oil additionally has antifungal properties, and along can be utilized to treat contaminated toenails. Orange oil can bring about hypersensitive responses and can have reactions, so it is important to test some orange oil on a little spot of skin before using it as a cure.
  11. Coconut OilUnsaturated fats, like for example, the ones discovered in coconut oil, normally embed themselves in the lipid (fat) layer of the infected area and bother it.
     
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My toe nail got injured with a stone one side of nail is moving not intact other side is intact should the nail be removed? I cleaned and dressed the toe nail. Will it remove itself when the new nail grows? Please reply soon!

Dr. Prakhar Singh 96% (2777 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
My toe nail got injured with a stone
one side of nail is moving not intact
other side is intact
should the nail be re...
Detached nail is when the nail becomes separated from the area underneath. Let's have a detailed discussion to ensure proper treatment.
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I suffered subungual hematoma on my thumb. The nail has fallen off yesterday, 23 days after the injury. The new nail has started to come but it looks weird. Will the new nail be as good as the old one or will it come out deformed?

Dr. Ankita Kakkar 91% (139 ratings)
BHMS, MA - Psychology
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi
I suffered subungual hematoma on my thumb. The nail has fallen off yesterday, 23 days after the injury. The new nail ...
It will be deformed in the starting but will get better with time. Still it will not look same as the previous nail; it will be very slight different.
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Mere nail me black line ka mark ho gya hai. Kya hua hai mujhe samjh nhi aa rha hai?

Dr. Prakhar Singh 96% (2777 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
Mere nail me black line ka mark ho gya hai. Kya hua hai mujhe samjh nhi aa rha hai?
A narrow black line that has formed vertically underneath your nail is called a splinter hemorrhage. It occurs for a variety of reasons and may be harmless or a sign of a more serious health condition. Thicker lines that create a horizontal stripe on the nail are not harmful, but they may be a symptom of a cancer. You may need a complete examination if believe it is unusual, you may connect with me over the portal for further consultation.
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