I went to the trainer at school because my big toe was swollen and really hurt. He said it was an ingrown toenail and I should see someone. What does that mean?
Ingrown toenails are a common, painful condition that results when the side of your nail grows into the soft tissue of that toe. It is usually a condition of the big toe and can be a very painful, resulting in swelling and even infection. Many times people will manage this condition through self-care at home, however, TeenHealthFX advises its readers affected by this condition to seek a doctor’s (usually a Podiatrist) opinion to assess whether steps must be taken to prevent more serious complications. A consultation with a medical professional is particularly needed if the pain is intense, pus is present, or the redness seems to be spreading. The doctor can also remove the portion of the nail that is ingrown to prevent it from recurring. It sounds like your trainer gave you good advice and you should make an appointment to have your foot looked at right away to make sure it is not infected.
Ingrown toenails occur more frequently in those with unusually thick or curved nails, those who cut their nails too short, and those who wear shoes that tightly pack their toes together. Trauma to the toes is also a cause of this condition. Therefore to prevent this condition it is recommended to cut your nails straight across (as opposed to curved), to keep your nails cut at a moderate length (not too long, not too short), and to wear shoes that fit properly (or protective footwear that protect your toes).
FX does recommend that you consult with your doctor on how to treat the condition and manage the pain. You can also speak with your doctor about whether it would be helpful to incorporate some of the following self-care steps at home:
If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network medical providers.
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33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse. 18
Nearly two in five 12th graders report using some kind of vaping device in the past year. 7
1 in 4 teens contract a sexually transmitted disease every year. 11
In 2017, persons aged 15–24 years represented 62.6% of all chlamydia cases. 10
More than 130 Americans die everyday from an opioid overdose. 9
In the next 24 hours, 1,439 teens will attempt suicide. 14
In the next 24 hours, 2,795 teenage girls will become pregnant 12
Only 50.6% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 with a mental health disorder received treatment in the last year. 8
90% of daily tobacco users begin by age 18 13
Many teens reported feeling overwhelmed (31%) and depressed or sad (30%) as a result of stress. 16
37.3 percent of 12th graders reported vaping in the past 12 months 15
Two-thirds of those who developed alcohol or substance use disorders have had a mental health disorder. 17
In 2016, 56 percent of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers 22
21% of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. are among people aged 13-24 years old, most of those being 20-24. 19
59% of all students in grades 9 to 12 indicated that they had not yet had sex. 21
1 in 3 young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship 23
50% of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide 24
There was a 78% increase in e-cigarette use between 2017 and 2018. 2
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. 1
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 12-18. 3
Young people aged 15–24 years acquire half of all new STDs 4
In 2017, 5455 teenagers died from an overdose 5
44.88% of teens feel stressed “all the time.” 25
59% of U.S. teens have personally experienced at least one type of abusive online behaviors. 26
In 2017 2,734 teenagers (ages 13-19) died in the United States from crash injuries. 27
Roughly 40% of teenagers will try drugs at least once, which means 60% will not. 28
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