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Depending on its severity, and if left unattended, an untreated ingrown toenail could become infected and worsen, spreading to the bone. If it’s already infected and is showing signs of red inflammation and/or pus, then you should schedule an appointment to see the podiatrist. 


What Does a Bad Ingrown Toenail Look Like?

Ingrown toenails typically begin with a bit of swelling and redness around the corner of the nail bed, where it’s being irritated. The area will also feel tender to the touch. 

But if the mild sensitivity worsens or the swelling and redness begins to spread, then these are signs of a bad ingrown toenail requiring medical attention. Also, if your untreated ingrown toenail has begun to bleed or weep pus it’s also a good idea to call the doctor.


When Should I Be Concerned About My Ingrown Toenail?

If your ingrown toenail is causing you anything more than minimal irritation then you should have your local foot doctor examine it. Some symptoms you should be concerned with are:

  • Increased pain
  • Bleeding
  • Oozing yellow or white pus
  • Skin overgrowing the nail
  • Increased inflammation and redness


If you’re a diabetic or have circulation or blood clotting problems, then you should always seek immediate medical attention when there are signs of an ingrown toenail.

Need ingrown toenail treatment in the Baltimore and the surrounding areas or have any questions about the info above? Check out our Podiatry Associates locations and find a podiatrist near you. Feel free to call our scheduling office to discuss your specific situation: (833) 500-FEET.

Time to See a Podiatrist?

If you have any of the issues described above, it’s time to consult an expert. Connect with Podiatry Associates for an evaluation. All of our doctors are board certified/qualified and we’re dedicated to preserving your foot health.


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