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A 26-year-old female asked:

Toe is swollen at cuticle, oozing brown. have soaked it in warm water and applied fucidin 3x for a few days as fam dr said. hurts. how long to heal?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Need MoreInformation: both history & physical appearance/exam over time. If infection deep enough & soaking plus topical antibiotic not reaching or working well enough, then best change approach and may need systemic antibiotics to get to infection from inside out, not just outside in. The topical antibiotic should be covered with bandaid, after applied to keep it on the wound & allow absorption, despite would weeping.

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Last updated Feb 14, 2016

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