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An ingrown toenail is a common condition that affects people of all ages, though teenagers and young adults tend to develop them more frequently. Various contributors and causes can result in ingrown toenails, but they usually occur when something causes the edge of a toenail to grow into the skin next to the nail. Any toe can develop an ingrown toenail, but the big toe is more likely to develop them.

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1. Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of an ingrown nail can vary depending on the severity. In most instances, physicians divide the issue into three stages:

  • Stage 1: The nail grows into the skin. This causes mild pain and inflammation.
  • Stage 2: The toe has grown new, inflamed skin, commonly called a granuloma. The tissue begins to produce pus and pain is more intense.
  • Stage 3: The skin around the toenail experiences inflammation and secretes pus regularly. The granuloma has begun to grow over the nail itself.
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