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i have an ingrown toenail, it has an odor, what can i do for it?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Infected Toenails: Given that it has an oder and i presume pain this common condition known as a paronychia needs treatment that may include toe nail surgery and antibiotics. Soaking the sore toe in epsom salts may help soften up the abscess and allow some drainage.
Dr. Eugene Batelli
Podiatry 23 years experience
Start tx : Start soaks with white vinegar and water, apply antibiotic cream and see ur foot doctor asap.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Infection: More than likely if an odor is present you infection. Seek treatment asap and soak in betadine solution mixed with water. You will need antibiotics.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Soaks for a start...: It's most likely infected. You can use neosporin and h2o2 topically, an infection in the area can be treated locally by soaks - i like dilute vinegar soaks beacuse they provide an acid environment which is not conducive to most opportunistic bacteria. Also use a topical antibiotic cream. If the redness doesn't go away soon, you may need an oral antibiotic. Get to a podiatrist soon!

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