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I have a ingrown toenail that's infected and I need something for the infection?

I have a ingrown toenail that's infected and I need something for the infection?

Health tap Prime: The easiest way to get it treated is to connect through Health Tap Prime service. Eventually, you may need to have the ingrown toenail removed. This is usually done by your primary care provider or a podiatrist. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Ingrown Toenail (Definition)

Also called onychocryptosis, this condition occurs when the margin of the nail impinges into the flesh (nail fold) on either side of the nail or even the end of the nail. This can lead to violation of the skin (paronychia) and open you up to infections. These are painful and can easily be treated ...Read more


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I have an ingrown toenail. The infections seems to have gone away but I have hypertrophic granulation tissue. Will it go away? Is it okay to have?

I have an ingrown toenail. The infections seems to have gone away but I have hypertrophic granulation tissue. Will it go away? Is it okay to have?

Depends.: As an ingrown toenail becomes worse, it will set off the body's inflammatory response to it. Redness, swelling and pain will start. The granulation is in response to the increased tissue irritation caused by the ingrowing nail. The tissue may or may not become infected as bacteria is allowed to enter the tissue. Clearing the infection may not be enough to resolve this issue. See a specialist. ...Read more

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My ingrown toenail infection now has black around the pus pocket. What should I do?

My ingrown toenail infection now has black around the pus pocket. What should I do?

Toenail: For goodness sake, go see a clinician that can remove the nail and initiate antibiotics and give you some relief. ...Read more

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How do I treat a bad infection that resulted in a home-ingrown-toenail removal attempt?

How do I treat a bad infection that resulted in a home-ingrown-toenail removal attempt?

See a physician: If you have an infection from attempting to self treat an ingrown toenail, it is time to see a physician. Infections need to be properly managed and if not can result in some serious problems (even from ingrowns!) that range from sepsis (infection of the blood) to osteomyelitis (infection of the bone) both of which have serious consequences. A foot specialist can also be able to help that toenail! ...Read more

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Should I see my doctor about my ingrown toenail infection?

Should I see my doctor about my ingrown toenail infection?

Treat it before...: It gets worse. Often an ingrown nail's leading edge can be coaxed to grow past the point where it's getting ingrown. Certainly we don't wish to neglect an infection. Antibiotics may be necessary and the nail may be spared. If removal of the nail becomes necessary, better that than losing your toe! ...Read more

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How would I treat an ingrown toenail infection without going to the doctor?

You shouldn't.: An infection from an ingrown toenail can become serious. Soak the toe in warm water and epsom salts, apply an antibiotic cream and sterile band-aid then see a podiatrist w/in 2-3 days. If you start running a fever or get red streaking from the toe up into the foot go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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When you have an infected ingrown toenail how do you know if you've broken the infection? Been soaking it in peroxide, and I have clear yellow pus.

When you have an infected ingrown toenail how do you know if you've broken the infection? Been soaking it in peroxide, and I have clear yellow pus.

Until you get that: Ingrown toenail out, you won;t likely succeed. If there is pus there it is still infected. If you see the podiatrist they will be able to remove the ingrown toenail and place you on an antibiotic to get rid of your infection quicker than you could ever do thru soaks. ...Read more

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How to stop infection and swelling from ingrown toenail?

How to stop infection and swelling from ingrown toenail?

Podiatrist: I would promptly make an appointment with your local podiatrist. When people try to fix it themself (bathroom surgery) there is often a poor outcome. Take care. ...Read more

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What to do for an ingrown toenail for 2 year bone infection?

What to do for an ingrown toenail for 2 year bone infection?

See a Doctor: You can get a permanent nail removal and be checked for complications like a bone infection. ...Read more

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Could my ingrown toenail have any connection to a bone infection?

Could my ingrown toenail have any connection to a bone infection?

Yes: An ingrown toenail initially starts as an infection of the soft tissue, but if left untreated it can spread and penetrate into the bone and cause a bone infection which is also known as osteomyelitis. This is a nasty infection and can lead to amputation of the affected toe. If you have an ingrown toenail, see a podiatrist asap. ...Read more

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Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be used to treat ingrown toenail infection?

Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be used to treat ingrown toenail infection?

Wrong antibiotic: Most of the time. In fact, the majority of ingrown toenail infections do not need an oral antibiotic if the offending portion of the nail is removed. ...Read more

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What to do about ingrown toenail infection problems?

Removal of piece: Sometimes soaking and/or antibiotic pills help, but my experience has been most need removal of the side after a local anesthetic to the toe. If it is a recurring problem, the small side of the nail can be removed permanently; an office procedure. If diabetic, you should see a podiatrist; don't treat yourself.
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How do you get staph infection in an ingrown toenail?

How do you get staph infection in an ingrown toenail?

Common infection: Staph is a common bacteria which resides on the outside skin surface; however, when an ingrown nail occurs, it will irritate the skin in the nail fold and make it vulnerable to be infiltrated. Once the bacteria has an entry point, it can begin to spread and cause an infection. ...Read more

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My son has a ingrown toenail which is infected. We have no medical insurance until january. Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) effective for this kind if infection?

My son has a ingrown toenail which is infected. We have no medical insurance until january. Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) effective for this kind if infection?

No: A couple of concerns with this: 1) sounds like you have left over antibiotics at home & plan to use them. This likely means you have an inadequate supply & this is never wise! 2) Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is not the first choice of antibiotic for paronychia (the redness & infection associated with the ingrown nail). Antibiotics may temporarily relieve the redness but not the offending border. See a doc! ...Read more

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I had ingrown toenail removed in Sept. There is cont infection so he went back in 4 days ago &was fine. Today, I'm in a lot of pain and my toe is numb?

I had ingrown toenail removed in Sept. There is cont infection so he went back in 4 days ago &was fine. Today, I'm in a lot of pain and my toe is numb?

Go back to surgeon.: Ingrown toenails can be removed by several techniques. All involve either removing the nail root or cauterizing the root in some fashion. Removing the nail and then chemically burning the root will cause a persistent drainage that can occasionally last for months. When this drainage is cultured it usually has no bacterial growth. You could have a nail spicule or still inflamed surgical site. ...Read more

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Can you take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for ingrown toenail infections?

Abx for ingrown nail: Yes, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) (= trimetrhoprim-sulfamethoxazole) is an antibiotic, and can be taken for ingrown toenail infections. Usually, you would need to see a foot specialist/ podiatrist for treatment of the ingrown nail, but taking the antibiotic while waiting for an appointment makes a lot of sense. ...Read more

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I had a ingrown toenail removed on oct 9th. It still hurts and red. I'm on antibiotic. My Dr won't be back in to see me until next Thursday?

I had a ingrown toenail removed on oct 9th. It still hurts and red. I'm on antibiotic. My Dr won't be back in to see me until next Thursday?

It is plausible: There is a nail spicule or piece of nail still present under the cuticle or nail fold. If you are in pain you can see a different doctor who can help you. Usually when doctors are unavailable they make arrangements with a covering doctor. ...Read more

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What is a good antibiotic for an infected ingrown toenail? It recurred after a year. I forgot what meds I took before I had it partially removed.

What is a good antibiotic for an infected ingrown toenail? It recurred after a year. I forgot what meds I took before I had it partially removed.

Partial nail removal: Mark, typically, removal of the offending foreign body which in this case would be the toenail corner digging into your toe would solve the problem. Antibiotic treatment such as Cephalexin may temporarily quiet the infection. I hope that helps. Ethan bindelglas. ...Read more

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Can ingrown toe nails cause gangrene? I had an infection so I was given antibiotics, before I have surgery about a week later.

Can ingrown toe nails cause gangrene? I had an infection so I was given antibiotics, before I have surgery about a week later.

Bone infection: Gangrene!!!! Questionable, infected bone probable if the infection is left for a long time. There is two ways of treating and infected bone, long term (6-8) weeks of IV antibiotics, or removal of infected bone. If you have the infection for over a month (or more), request your doctor to take an x-ray to make sure you don't have a bone infection. Otherwise very simple to heal. ...Read more

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My ingrown toe nail is red (the toe) I don't know if that is a sign of infection. If it is will antibiotics work or will it have to be surgery? No puss

My ingrown toe nail is red (the toe) I don't know if that is a sign of infection. If it is will antibiotics work or will it have to be surgery? No puss

Worth a try...: Actually, redness is a sign of inflammation, not necessarily infection. When pain is added to the mix, it is still inflamed but maybe becoming infected. The sure sign of infection is pus or drainage. There is no way of telling if antibiotics alone will be sufficient to solve your problem, but it's worth a try. Fixing the nail is a simple office procedure that minimally disrupts your life. ...Read more

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Why won't my ingrown toe nail heal. 2 podiatrist said idk. No borders just burning sensation. No infection either?

Why won't my ingrown toe nail heal. 2 podiatrist said idk. No borders just burning sensation. No infection either?

Often with ingrown: Toenails the side of the nail needs to be removed and the nail matrix destroyed to allow a nail to grow out normally (if topical medication and cotton placed under ingrown nail edge doesn't work) ...Read more

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2 yr toddler has ingrown toe nails. Has always preferred to walk n jump on the toes like ballerinas. Doc suspects infection. How to stop him walk on toes?

2 yr toddler has ingrown toe nails. Has always preferred to walk n jump on the toes like ballerinas. Doc suspects infection. How to stop him walk on toes?

Needs evaluation: 1st thing is that your toddler needs to be evaluated to see if there is a medical reason he walks on toes such as short achilles tendon or equinus.
If not then exercises may be needed. ...Read more

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Big toe sore, skin red, squeezed and pus came out side of toe nail. Is it a possible ingrown toe nail? Infection?

Toe infection: Yes. This is an infection, and it can be from an ingrown nail. Clean the toe. Soak it in sitz bath and see your doctor soon for antibiotics. Wear looser shoes to avoid pressure on the wound. ...Read more

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Why was I put on an antibiotic. For an ingrown toe nail? Tried asking the doctor but he seemed in a hurry?

Why was I put on an antibiotic. For an ingrown toe nail? Tried asking the doctor but he seemed in a hurry?

Secondary infection: Most ingrowing toenails cause a local cellulitic reaction in the surrounding tissues that needs to be cleared of infection prior to the removal process. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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