If you have redness, swelling, pain, and drainage on the side of your nail, it is likely an ingrown nail that has become infected.  If you take an oral antibiotic and do some soaking, the drainage and pain may subside, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the ingrown nail is still present. Unless the nail is trimmed or the offending nail border is reduced or removed, the nail will continue to grow into the skin and irritate the area, and the infection can easily come back.  If you have any questions or think you may have an infected ingrown nail, make an appointment today to have it examined!