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Bone infections in ingrown nail care

Chronic nail infections can and often lead to more serious bone infection. Essentially, in time the poorly treated skin/nail infection spreads to deeper tissues. Interestingly enough one of the most common culprits is antibiotics themselves.

Antibiotics alone do nothing for the ingrown nail itself. The pressure of the offending nail against the skin continues to produce a chronic inflammatory condition (granulation tissue).

Even worse is the situation in which an antibiotic may only treat the skin aspect of the infection. In osteomyelitis the infection lives within the bone itself. This possibility may only be recognised much later when pain and swelling continues.

This bandaid (antibiotic) approach should not replace good timely nail care.

Podiatrists are trained and are generally capable of providing permanent solutions for ingrown nails.