What is the prognosis of ingrown nails?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Amira M Elbendary, MBBCh, MSc; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Prognosis is excellent. Complete healing is expected. In general, mortality is not associated with ingrown nails. Morbidity is chiefly the result of infection of the tissues. If neglected, abscess formation (paronychia) may occur or spread and lead to osteomyelitis, systemic infection, sepsis, or amputation.


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