A 36-year-old female asked:
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i had ingrown toe nail out! it's been almost 2 weeks and its oozing and have a red streak down the middle of the toe nail. what could be wrong?

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Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
35 years experience Podiatry
Infection: Was the nail edge just cut out, or was it also cauterized to prevent regrowth? The latter can be red and drain for several weeks. The alternative is infection. Either way, the best course is to contact the doctor that treated it initially, have it evaluated and let that doctor decide whether antibiotics are appropriate.
Answered on Mar 17, 2014
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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
37 years experience Podiatry
Red streak! : Most likely it's infected or developed a collection of blood under nai but streak could also mean cellulitis so call your dr asap.
Answered on Dec 20, 2014
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Couple thoughts: You may have an infection that requires medical treatment but give this a try: soak toe in diluted Acetic Acid (vinegar mixed about 1:20 with water) ... Read More
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Dr. Tariq Niazi
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Pain meds + Ice/heat: + elevate + Antibiotics. See your PCP for the early treatment and antibiotics, but if no improvement then the nail would need to be removed ( partial ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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See a foot doc: You may not of gotten all the nail out. If you did, sounds like you need an oral antibiotic.
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It's : It's hard to say without examining you whether you actually have an infection, an abscess, or just an overgrowth of granulation tissue from the ingrow ... Read More
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