So why is there a Red Lump by my Ingrown Toenail? After an ingrown toenail has been present over a long period of time, the skin commonly becomes inflamed developing redness and swelling to the area adjacent to the ingrown nail. Because of the swelling, the skin will begin to rub in shoes or on the other toe creating more pressure and more inflammation to the skin. This chronic irritation will cause a small bump to develop beside the ingrown nail. Sometimes it can feel hard or other times become very fragile and bleed easily. If you suffer from these symptoms, call and make an appointment with the doctors at Advanced Podiatry to get permanent relief from ingrown nails that cause pain and irritation to the skin!