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treating an infected hangnail

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
A Paronychia: is an infection that runs up the edge of a nail. The nail can be soaked with 50/50 warm water & antibacterial soap 3 to 4 x /day. If an absc ... Read More

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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
A Paronychia: is an infection that runs up the edge of a nail. The nail can be soaked with 50/50 warm water & antibacterial soap 3 to 4 x /day. If an absces ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Maybe: You can treat this by dipping the infected finger in a cup of very hot water for several minutes, and do this 6 or so times per day. This will usual ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Han
25 years experience Podiatry
Antibiotics: For the infection you most likely will need an antibiotic which you can obtain from either a podiatrist or your primary care doctor. The hangnail if i ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Dental Infection: The antibiotics do not treat the tooth, just the symptoms of the infection. You'll need to contact a local dentist to have that tooth diagnosed, deter ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Careful /Caution: Infected ingrown toenails can be serious. Usually caused by impropper cutting of nails or breaking off corners. Cut toe nails straight across. If i ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Mohammad Ashori
15 years experience Family Medicine
No: Not well. It's too broad spectrum, it's not a good antibiotic for that. Cuticles improve on their own. Warm compresses and epsom salt soaks are suffic ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
43 years experience Podiatry
Hang on Sloopy.: A "badly" infected hangnail needs proper attention and probably a round of antibiotics. It would be best to seek the help of a professional for the pr ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mak Yousefpour
17 years experience Podiatry
Yes: However, a podiatrist does this day and day out. I would highly recommend you see a podiatrist.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mjos
43 years experience Dentistry
No: A stye is from plugged meibomian gland. Not tooth related.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Herman
33 years experience Internal Medicine
Dificult to say: Both might look very similiar though a spider bite usually has bite marks. Depends on type of spider.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marya Cassandra
19 years experience Dermatology
May want evaluation.: You may want to have your ear evaluated by a doctor. If it is not responding to over the counter topical antibiotics like neosporin you may have a com ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Possibly, but seldom: If this organism is staph aureus this may be somewhat effective, but if you do not begin to clear up rapidly would seek further advice.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Unlikely: But any infection , from any where in the body , if flesh eating bacteria sets in ( necrotizing fascists ) could be lethal if untreated and neglec ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Antibiotics: Or antifungal agents both topically or orally or removal of part of a nail if necessary.
A member asked:
Dr. Neal Kraus
10 years experience Hospital-based practice
Depends on burden: Depends on any number of factors. Yes. It is possible. I would avoid putting hands in mouth in general and if necessary to do so, I would highly re ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: It depends on what is causing the infection. Ciproflozacin treats many, but not all skin infections, and many other wound infections.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Probably not: Bactrin is not normally prescribed for tooth infections. You need to make an appointment with a local dentist to have the tooth evaluated and treated. ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Yes: A doctor can write you a prescription for an infected tooth. But you will need to see a dentist for treatment. The antibiotic alone is not enough to ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Arbogast
18 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: If a knee implant gets infected and the infection doesn't respond to antibiotics then they may need to remove the implant so the infection doesn't spr ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Boils: What people call spider bites are rarely spider bites; they are usually abscesses (boils). The cause is usually staph. Aureus, including mrsa. Anti ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
No: It would help prevent infection.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Maybe, maybe: It may help some large, superficial wounds, but won't do much for deep wounds. It does well to treat very superficial skin infections such as impetigo ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
16 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: There are multiple types of eyelid infection. If you think you have such an infection, you should see an ophthalmologist for accurate diagnosis and tr ... Read More

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