You doctor will conduct a general physical examination. Your doctor will determine if the area is infected. Blood tests may be performed if you have a severe infection and diabetes or a serious medical condition.
Am I at Risk
Risk factors may increase your likelihood of developing ingrown toenails. People with all of the risk factors may never develop the condition; however, the chance of developing ingrown toenails increases with the more risk factors you have. You should tell your doctor about your risk factors and discuss your concerns.
Risk factors for ingrown toenails:
_____ People with curved or abnormally shaped toenails
_____ Wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area or high heels
_____ Poorly trimmed toenails
_____ Toe injuries
_____ Certain medical conditions, such as toenail fungal infections and arthritis
People with diabetes, poor circulation, AIDS, or receiving chemotherapy have an increased risk of developing an ingrown toenail infection. Such people at high risk for infection should contact their doctor immediately if they develop an ingrown toenail.