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A 21-year-old female asked:

my husband has an ingrown toenail it's so bad that its dark purple from the corner of his toe right down his toe it's swollen and oozing puss. he doesn't want to see a doctor but should i force him to see one?

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Dr. Richard Greenwald
Podiatry 42 years experience
"Oozing pus,": Oozing pus is a sign (along with swelling, warmth, discoloration) highly suggest an infectious process and warrants being seen by a doctor ASAP. An infection needs attention! This could be something that can spread, not just locally, but throughout the body. Force? Not sure what that means, but this is not something to wait GET TO A DOC-
Dr. Richard Mallia
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Yes, force him to see a Podiatrist.
Dec 19, 2018

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How can I know if this is an ingrown toenail on my big toe?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
You will have pain: Due to poorly fitted narrow tipped shoes outer edge of nail big toe grows into flesh, causing pain, aggravates by wearing shoes.Some times you can see red flesh, pus at the edge of nail. It is time to see your dpm or md ( most of md s do not perform toe nail surgery ) to help you.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Toe does not look normal but puffy and reddish at the corner. Is this a sign of an ingrown toenail?

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Dr. James DeMeo
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 29 years experience
Ingrown: Yes, this could be the sign of an ingrown toe nail, but it could also be several other things as well. You should seek medical attention to find out exactly what it is.
Philadelphia, PA
A 25-year-old female asked:

I have a bad ingrown toenail on my big toe and it really hurts ... Ca it heal on its own or do I have to see a doctor?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Ingrown Nail: You can typically treat ingrown toenails through lifestyle and home remedies, such as soaking your foot regularly in warm water and applying an antibiotic cream. If pain continues or there's pus or redness that seems to be spreading, see your doctor.
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A member asked:

After an ingrown toenail grew and went away by itself, my toe ended up red, swollen, and black. It has stayed like this for a while on two toes, why?

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Dr. Joey Bluhm
General Surgery 17 years experience
Infection: Black tissue is usually dead tissue. Red and swollen indicates possible infection. You should see a podiatrist.
A 30-year-old member asked:

I have 2 ingrown toenail. The one on my right toe healed on its own. How can I help heal this annoying toenail monster?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
See below: Try soaking in warm soapy water and then use a cuticle stick to push the skin away from the nail. Try to put a small piece of cotton under the nail edge. Apply antiseptic and bandaid. Do this daily for several days.

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