For years, nail fungus and ingrown nails have often coexisted with one another. The reason being is that one usually gives gateway in causing the other, since they are both infections involving the feet.
An ingrown nail can be identified when the nail begins to curve and grow into the skin. This can often be painful since the nail is essentially digging into the skin, resulting in swelling and redness of the toe. Since the ingrown nail is breaking into the skin, it allows for perfect place for bacteria to enter and grow. Thus, causing an infection to occur and often turn into a fungal nail infection (among other infections).
Ingrown toenails are not always easy to notice. In fact, you may not always feel pain or see swelling or redness of any sort in some cases. It is important that if you see the nail beginning to fold under your skin to realize that this could be a sign of an ingrown nail.
Some individuals, such as diabetics or individuals, who have a condition that restricts the blood flow to the feet, are at a greater risk at obtaining an ingrown toenail.
In most cases, you can treat the ingrown toenails yourself, however if the case seems to be extreme or very sensitive and there is a significant pain or discomfort, it is best to contact a doctor or specialist in order to avoid potential complications and to provide information on how to alleviate pain.