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What to do about a toenail abscess at home, such as soaking?

What to do about a toenail abscess at home, such as soaking?

Maybe: If this is a paronychia (small area of pus at edge of nail) soaking may allow it to open and drain. If it persists, gets red outside of that area, becomes increasingly swollen and painful, or have any systemic signs of infection (fever, chills, loss of appetite, etc.) see your doctor asap. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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How to tell if my ingrown toenail developed into a skin abscess?

How to tell if my ingrown toenail developed into a skin abscess?

Many possibilities: Possible signs of having an infected ingrown nail may include: pain increased redness, swelling, bleeding, tightness or drainage at the nail margins. If pain does not improve, or you develop signs of infection, get it evaluated by a professional. ...Read more

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Four months after getting an operation for an ingrown toenail, there is still swelling in the skin of 5mm, near the nail. It created pus and abscess and it is not healing. What should I do?

Four months after getting an operation for an ingrown toenail, there is still swelling in the skin of 5mm, near the nail. It created pus and abscess and it is not healing. What should I do?

See your doctor...: There is obviously something wrong. If I had a patient that wasn't healed after that amount of time I would take an x-ray and take a biopsy of the area for a pathologist to look at. ...Read more

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Did my ingrown toenail develop into a skin abscess? I've always had irritation from ingrown toenails. Lately, I have even more redness and swelling on my toe near the nail. I clipped the nail several days ago there is still swelling. I actually went to my

Did my ingrown toenail develop into a skin abscess? I've always had irritation from ingrown toenails. Lately, I have even more redness and swelling on my toe near the nail. I clipped the nail several days ago there is still swelling. I actually went to my

Yes: This probably developed into an abscess. You will need to go to your podiatrist to get this taken care of. This is very routine and will be done in the office. They will numb your toe and remove the side of the nail and clean out the infection. Good luck. ...Read more

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Did my ingrown toenail develop into a skin abscess? I've always had irritation from ingrown toenails. Lately, I have even more redness and swelling on my toe near the nail. I clipped the nail several days ago there is still swelling. I actually went to my

Probably: The nail is considered dirty. If it actually breaks the skin you usually get an infection. This can become an abscess if not treated. There may also be a spicule present under the skin that you can not see or get to. See a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Is it bad I you have athletes foot and it starts getting abscesses?

Is it bad I you have athletes foot and it starts getting abscesses?

Yes: This can cause a pathway for the fungus to become systemic and spread thru the body. ...Read more

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I have a bump under my foot that looks as if there's blood clog or abscess. How can I cure this?

I have a bump under my foot that looks as if there's blood clog or abscess. How can I cure this?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. If you have diabetes, it is prudent that you seek care immediately. ...Read more

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What is an abcess on my foot?

What is an abcess on my foot?

A walled off: Region of infection usually containing pus. Treatment of choice is to have this drained by a doctor. Antibiotics may often be ineffective as hey can't penetrate the walled off region. ...Read more

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I have a boil on the upper side of my left foot what can I do with out going to the hospital?

I have a boil on the upper side of my left foot what can I do with out going to the hospital?

Unusual place: For a boil. It could be infected insect bite or injury. If you are diabetic or have circulation problems, this could be serious. I would not avoid hospital for this condition, because it could be serious. ...Read more

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My big toe of foot along big toe is red tender and has pyogenic abcess, what should I do kindly tell me medications???

See your doctor: If you have an abscess on your toe, you need a prescription for antibiotics. You may need the abscess drained. You may need an ingrown toenail removed. Please see your doctor for the proper care. ...Read more

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How do I cure an abscess?

How do I cure an abscess?

Get treatment: Don't fool around, the abcess is most likely causing septicemia, barrels in the blood system that can result in additional illness. ...Read more

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What works most effectively to do for a abscess?

Antibiotics/drainage: An abscess is an infection. The body sends white blood cells to an infected area. The 'used up' white blood cells can accumulate in the area in
a pool of thick fluid that we call 'pus'.
Sometimes this pool needs to be surgically removed (drained).
Other times, antibiotics are all that is needed to control the infection. ...Read more

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I have abscess but it just formed. What do I do?

See a dentist: See a dentist asap for an evaluation and treatment. The longer you wait he more chance you have of increasing pain and swelling. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Abscess?

What is the definition or description of: Abscess?

Abscess: Abscess = Collection of pus within tissue. It is often related to infections. ...Read more

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Help please! Is an abscess ER worthy?

Help please! Is an abscess ER worthy?

Only if severe: If you have an advanced signs such as rapidly progressing ballooning swelling, severe pain, difficulty breathing/swallowing, fever, etc., then you should consider seeing the er. If after hours and these signs are present, the er can possibly give you IV antibiotics and drain the swelling, but they will not provide the definitive care to resolve the abscess such as root canal or extract. ...Read more

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Can abscesses disappear on their own?

Can abscesses disappear on their own?

Yes: The treatment of choice for an abscess is general incision and drainage, however abscesses can resolve on their own without medical intervention. The usual progression is swelling to the point of spontaneous eruption, drainage, then gradual resolution. ...Read more

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How to alleviate abscess related toothaches.?

Treat the teeth: Have your local dentist treat the rotting teeth and your problems will become a memory. ...Read more

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What happens when abscess packing is removed?

What happens when abscess packing is removed?

See below: Abscess packing can be handled in 2 ways. The packing can be slowly advanced (removed) an inch or 2 each day until it falls out. The abscess packing can be removed and replaced daily. Packing is needed until the abscess is completely drained or the opening is large enough to stay open. When the packing is removed the wound and tissue defect closes and heals. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Anorectal abscess?

What are the risk factors for Anorectal abscess?

Rectal abscess: The most common predisposing factor is an anal fissure. Inflammatory bowel disease is possible, and a number of diarrheal infections could increase risk. If there is sexual activity involving your anus, especially penile penetration or vigorouf fingering, that's also a possiblity. Howeever, many cases occur without any of these particular factors; some are just random bad luck. ...Read more

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What is an abscess on the skin and what do I do for it?

See below: An abcess is when bacteria invade deeper into the skin and create a pocket of infection that spreads into nearby tissue enlarging it. Antibiotics will not help. The treatment is having a doctor numb it up and open the top with a scalpel allowing the infectious pus inside drain out and removing any contents inside. This will relieve the abcess. ...Read more

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Could I wait a day or two to have an abscessed drained?

Don't know: Which part of the body you are referring to. You should avoid delays in treating abscesses as it can become worse (sometimes much worse over a brief period of time). ...Read more

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What is an epidural abscess?

What is an epidural abscess?

Infection: When you get infection in epidural space, it could be from epidural catheter, back surgery or could be spontaneous. ...Read more

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Do peritonsillar abscesses hurt?

Do peritonsillar abscesses hurt?

Yes: Peritonsillar abscesses cause local pain in the throat, trismus (difficulty opening the mouth), and voice changes. They typically begin as a bad tonsil infection. If you suspect one, you should seek help from your doctor as soon as you can for treatment. ...Read more

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How to know when a tooth is abscessed?

See your dentist: At first, the tooth will likely be sensitive to chewing and biting, as well as to heat and cold. You also may develop a fever, swollen lymph nodes in your jaw or neck, or swelling on your face. The only way to cure a dental abscess is with dental treatment. See your dentist for exam, x-rays and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more