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what can i do if my big toe on my right is swollen and has puss on the corner of the nail. what do i do?

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Dr. Arnold Zuckman
41 years experience Podiatry
Soak: Soak it in warm water and see a podiatrist. A portion of the nail may need to be removed to resolve the problem.
Answered on Sep 25, 2013
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Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
22 years experience Podiatry
Soak...see the Doc: Begin soaking your toe in a white vinegar/water (1:4 ratio) solution and contact your podiatrist. The vinegar solution will help reduce the degree of pain and as an acid counters the basic ph that occurs with the pus. If you notice streaking moving towards the foot (eg. Cellulitis), that becomes more an emergent and needs to be seen in the urgent care/er.
Answered on May 4, 2015
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Dr. Mary Bergum
Dr. Mary Bergum commented
19 years experience Family Medicine
Soaking in Epson salts 2-3 times a day also works very well.
Aug 6, 2013

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