Ingrown Toenails

Overview of Ingrown Toenails

Excessive compression can cause the lateral edges of the great toenail to irritate and inflame the adjacent skin. The irritated skin can also become infected.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Drainage of pus


  • Wear shoes that do not compress the toes
  • Nails should be cut straight across so that the corners are visible


  • DO NOT TRY TO CUT OUT THE INGROWN NAIL (this will only make the problem worse)
  • Soak the foot in warm water to soften the nail and insert a small ball of cotton under the corner to elevate the edge and relieve the pressure on the skin
  • If symptoms are severe, make an appointment at SHCS Medical Services
  • In some cases surgical treatment is advised

How We Can Help

  • If you would like to be seen by our medical staff, please contact our Appointment Desk to schedule an appointment.
  • Also, our Advice Nurse service is available at no charge for all UC Davis students to discuss health concerns and the need for medical care.