Unguis incarnatus is the medical term for an ingrown toenail. Onychocryptosis, meaning "hidden nail," is another infrequently used term for this common condition.
Treatment consists of elevating the edge of the nail from the nail bed. If the nail is too ingrown to do this without pain, soaking the foot in warm water may soften the nail enough to allow elevation of the edge without much pain. However, a nail block may be needed. If surgery is needed, partial nail plate excision and curettage of the nail bed excision usually results in permanent relief of symptoms. It is surprising that in mammals ranging in size from a rat to an elephant, toenail growth rate is about the same.
Medscape Family Medicine © 2018 WebMD, LLC
Any views expressed above are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the views of WebMD or Medscape.
Cite this: Obscure Medical Terms: How Well Do You 'Speak Medicine'? - Medscape - Nov 09, 2018.