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As a teen, what should I do about an ingrown toenail?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Improper nail trimming, tight shoes, or poor posture can cause a corner of the nail to curve downward into the skin. Ingrown nails can be painful and sometimes lead to infection. To avoid infection, see a podiatrist (a foot doctor) rather than attempting to saw away the nail yourself. Your doc will numb the toe and trim the ingrown nail.
YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life

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