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t possible cause An infected, ingrowing toenail is a likely cause. This may be the result of cutting the toenails incorrectly or wearing shoes that are too tight. Consult your doctor.

action Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and drain any pus under a local anaesthetic. Surgery is sometimes recommended to remove part or all of the toenail (see Removal of an ingrowing toenail, p.236). To prevent ingrowing toenails, your child should always wear correctly fitting shoes or, if practical, open-toed sandals. Keep the affected area clean and dry, and always cut the toenails straight across rather than in a curve.

Consult your doctor if you are unable to make a diagnosis from this chart.

Consult your doctor if you are unable to make a diagnosis from this chart.

Consult your doctor if you are unable to make a diagnosis from this chart.

Consult your doctor if you are unable to make a diagnosis from this chart.

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