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Can ingrown nails have any complications?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Ingrown toenails are common and treatable, but they can be quite painful and cause swelling and redness around the nail. If left untreated, ingrown toenails can become infected and can potentially cause osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone that can lead to systemic infection. Talk to your doctor if you have an ingrown toenail. 

Although ingrown nails are a seemingly minor problem, they can have some serious complications. If not properly treated, an infection from an ingrown nail can lead to a bone infection. People with diabetes or other circulatory issues may have more serious complications as well. Because foot wounds do not heal as readily in these people, infections can become more severe if the ingrown nail is not closely monitored.

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