5 Signs of Ingrown Toenail Infection in the Pediatric Foot
This week I have noticed an increase in ingrown toenail infections in my pediatric patients. Both boys and girls with an age range from 5 to 14 yrs old. The ingrown toenail infections in 2 cases were being treated by the patients physician but unresponsive to oral antibiotics alone.
Ingrown nails are nails whose corners or sides curve and dig painfully into soft tissue of nail grooves. This commonly leads to irritation ,redness and swelling. Generally, toenails grow straight out. The big toe is the most common location for ingrown toenail,but other toes can be affected. I recommend that parents pay attention to the following 5 signs at the least
- Pain at corners of toenail,especially with activity such as sports.
- Redness at skin surrounding toenail.
- Swelling at borders of toe.
- Drainage is yellow or discolored.
- Odor is foul.
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