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Should I be worried about ingrown nails?

Usually, though they can be uncomfortable, ingrown nails are not a big worry. The main thing to do is to get prompt treatment so you do not experience complications. This is especially true if you are diabetic. You can also take steps to minimize your discomfort.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
In the early stages, ingrown toenails usually do not present a serious medical problem and can often be treated at home. If, however, your pain is severe or your skin is broken, you are at risk for infection and should see your doctor.  You may need oral antibiotics to clear an infection or, in severe cases, surgical repair of the nail.

People with diabetes or nerve damage or circulation problems in their feet should see their doctor at the first sign of an ingrown toenail. Those conditions can put you at greater risk for infection. 

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