Having an ingrown toenail is an annoyance that some people can live with, but having an infected ingrown toenail is a serious issue. Prevention is generally the best way to deal with this kind of infection and this means wearing proper shoes to protect your feet or sandals in gyms and public swimming pools, for example.
It is important to take good care of your feet, keep them clean and dry and to wear socks and shoes that do not cause your feet to sweat profusely. Wearing nail polish can seal the fungus in, allowing it to grow and spread under the nail and then to move to other toes.
It is important to identify that you have an infected ingrown toenail, firstly, and secondly, to treat it as soon as possible. If your infected ingrown toenail is left untreated, it will continue to worsen and become much more painful and unbearable. Often, trimming and filing the nail can help to reduce the affected area s infection, and then it is important to follow up with some sort of treatment.
Treatments for infected ingrown toenail symptoms are often lengthy because it takes a great deal of time to get rid of this kind of fungus. It is important to find a treatment that is not only effective but eradicates the infection, because if this infection is left untreated, it can cause damage that is permanent to your nail bed and your toenail.
Make no mistake, though, leaving an infection like this untreated will not make it go away, it will only worsen and become more painful and infected. Sometimes people are not sure if they actually have an infection, but these are symptoms to help you identify an infection:
*The surface of the nail has spots or streaks that are usually white.
*The nail softens and can become powdery or crumbly.
*The nail can become thick, discolored and broken.
*Debris builds up around the nail and under the nail in the nail bed.
Although an infection can take a very long time to develop because of the rate of growth of the fungus, the rate of growth can vary on a number of factors, including your health, overall, the climate you live in, and the area of the infection. Toenails tend to be more likely to be susceptible to an infected ingrown toenail because of their slow rate of growth.