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A 52-year-old male asked:

My son who is 12 years old had an ingrown toenail on his big toe that has got infected. we went to a doctor who put him on augmenting anti biotic to kill the infection. this has not worked and his big toe is swelling.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Time for re-visit: This is a common initial management often done along with soaks. If he is worse take him back.
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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 46 years experience
Unfortunately, undertreated ingrown toenails, in this day and age, can have serious consequences. Numbing the toe, removing part of the nail and infected tissue as well as taking cultures is usually the way to go. Antibiotics can then be in accordance with the culture results. Depending on the patients history, x-rays might be taken to identify any underlying bone or infective issues. You need to.
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Dr. Jeffrey Trantalis, DPM
Podiatry 44 years experience
Agree with Dr Keith. I’d add a topical antibiotic with dressing ( bandaid)
Sep 30, 2021
Last updated Oct 3, 2021


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