Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Painful Toenail Overview

Another name for Painful Toenail is Toenail Pain.

What is toenail pain?
A person with toenail pain has discomfort around the toenail. Toenail pain may be the result of infection, injury, or inflammation.

What are the symptoms of toenail pain?
Symptoms that may occur with toenail pain include redness, swelling, or tenderness of the skin that surrounds the toenail. Additional symptoms may include bruising beneath the toenail, or partial loss of the toenail.

How does the doctor treat toenail pain?
Treatment for toenail pain depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for toenail pain may include rest, elevation, a splint, narcotic pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, antibiotics, or removal of the toenail.

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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