Onychocryptosis or Ingrown Toe Nail

By Dr. Nektarios Logaras – Dermatologist / Venereologist

Onychocryptosis occurs when the tip of the nail grows down and into the skin, on the big toe.

The ingrown is accompanied by acute pain, redness and edema (swelling) due to inflammation and granuloma may still develop around the nail.

The causes are the following:

-Cutting the nails too short
-Wearing very tight shoes
-Beatings and injuries
-Curved nails
-Hereditary Predisposition
-Various diseases of the nails (increased curvature of the nails (gampsonychia), bacterial or fungal infections, onychogryposis (Ram’s Horn Nails), nails thickening, etc).

The nail ingrown depends on the inflammation, the pain, the swelling and the severe limitation of the daily activities and is classified in the following stages.

1st stage
When there is some pain, inflammation, and swelling with or without fluid leakage.

2nd stage
When there is pain, inflammation with swelling, fluid leakage, possible granuloma and sufficient restriction of daily fuction.

3rd stage
In the third stage, the nail ingrown into the skin has become chronically inflamed, there is an outflow of liquid with pus, severe pain, and it is almost impossible for the patient to wear a shoe and walk comfortably.

Onychocryptosis is a common phenomenon in adolescents.


Dr. Nektarios Logaras personalizes the treatment depending on the stage.

Initially, he will give home instructions and maybe antibiotics.

When the problem is severe, the doctor will apply the laser treatment which is painless with the use of local anesthesia and without bleeding and sutures in the doctor’s office as well as with immediate return to daily activities.

The confrontation and the treatment of the nail are final.

The Laser accelerates the healing process and eliminates the formation of scars, due to the evaporation of the granuloma, and the hemostasis leaving a dry wound with short permanent healing.

The Doctor’s experience

Dr. N. Logaras MD
Dermatologist – Venereologist
Laser Dermatologic Surgeon

Graduate of Nottingham and Birmingham Universities of England.

-Degree in Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Nottingham, UK.
-Specialization in Dermatologic Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hospital of Dermatological & Venereal Diseases “Andreas Syggros”

Postgraduate Training of the American Academy of Dermatology at the Miami Convention Center in Miami, USA, and at the International Center of Lutronic, using Laser Systems for Medical and Cosmetic Applications, in Seoul, South Korea.


Dermatologist – Venereologist, Private Clinic – Athens South Dermatology & Laser Center, Alimos

-Dermatology – Venereology Specialty, Hospital of Dermatologic & Venereal Diseases “Andreas Syggros”
-Former Doctor, Royal Derby | Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, England
-Former Doctor, Taunton and Somerset Hospital NHS Trust-Musgrove Park, England
-Former Doctor, Taunton and Somerset Hospital NHS Trust-Musgrove Park, England
-Former Doctor, Queen Alexandra Hospital, England
-Former Doctor, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust, England
-Former Doctor, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, England
Dr. N. Logaras is a member of the following Medical Societies.

-Hellenic Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser, attending its congresses since 2010.
-American Academy of Dermatology.
-Hellenic Society of Dermatology & Venereology (HSDV)
-American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
-European Society for Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology

20 years of medical experience.

Phone No. for Appointment: +302109821431