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A 18-year-old female asked:

painful, pus filled bump on side of toe by nail. nursing school friend advised to pop with sterilized needle. nothing but blood. what should i do now?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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Soaks (may need doc): An infection that develops along the edge of the fingernail or toenail is called a paronychia. Care at home includes warm soaks in a mixture of 50% warm water and 50% liquid antibacterial soap three to four times daily for about 15 minutes. If redness starts to spread or pus still present, you need to see doc for proper incision and drainage.

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Last updated Jan 15, 2016

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