Ingrown Toenail Evaluation
The evaluation of an ingrown toenail includes a history and physical exam.
Physical findings in someone with an ingrown toenail may include:
- Red skin next to the toenail
- Swelling next to the toenail
- Tenderness next to the toenail
- Tenderness of the toenail
No testing is necessary to make the diagnosis of an ingrown toenail.
Tests that may be used to evaluate an ingrown toenail include:
- Toe x-rays
- Wound culture:
- Culture of pus draining from the skin
Continue to Ingrown Toenail Treatment
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