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Antibiotic For Ingrown Toenail Infection
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
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
I've had part of an ingrown toenail removed. Many infections and problems and 3 months later, I'm on my 4th antibiotic. When is this going to heal?
PIECE LEFT BEHIND: Search for a nail spicule-the doctor, not you. ...Read more
Toenail: For goodness sake, go see a clinician that can remove the nail and initiate antibiotics and give you some relief. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Ingrown toenail, I don't think it is infected, been dosing it in peroxide to kill off any infection. Corner is cut out, when to see a doctor?
If pain persists: Or if it gets infected.Get a more detailed answer ›
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.
Dr. Latva ...Read more
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
Soap and water: Is all you need, dry and cover with band aide ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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?
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
Big toe sore, skin red, squeezed and pus came out side of toe nail. Is it a possible ingrown toe nail? Infection?
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
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
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