Which clinical history findings are characteristic of ingrown nails?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Amira M Elbendary, MBBCh, MSc; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Patients present for care of ingrown nails due to discomfort. Ingrown nails may cause significant pain. If a toenail is involved, the discomfort worsens with weightbearing and ambulation. The patient with an ingrown nail presents with a sharp, focal pain adjacent to the nail bed of the affected digit. The patient or parents may typically describe crusting, purulence, and friable granulation tissue at the site.


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