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How long could a untreated infected toenail take to get to the bone?

How long could a untreated infected toenail take to get to the bone?

It depends.: If neglected an ingrown toenail will become infected and that can lead to osteomyelitis (infection of the bone) or even sepsis. Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into the skin of the toe. Virulence of the bacteria, diabetes, vascular disease, and other factors affect the speed of spread. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Left forearm bone near elbow swollen due 2 infect.. Antibiotic week course by gp finished but lump still there. How long to get better? Shud i worry

Left forearm bone near elbow swollen due 2 infect..  Antibiotic week course by gp finished but lump still there. How long to get better? Shud i worry

Yes: You sound like you have an incompletely treated infection. You have an abscess that needs draining. Please see an orthopaedic surgeon asap. ...Read more

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I have a cut under my big toenail, it's not very deep but I'm scared it will get infected and I might have to get it amputated or have to get surgery.

I have a cut under my big toenail, it's not very deep but I'm scared it will get infected and I might have to get it amputated or have to get surgery.

Get examined: If the laceration is deep or sizable get it checked out. Most likely cleansing the wound/ dressing changes on a daily basis ( if it's been 'open ' for longer than 6-8 hours) is all that it needs. Go to your Family physician or ER for evaluation and treatment.Antibiotics may be prescribed if needed but your scenario is unlikely if you have it seen. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Best way to get rid of infected ingrown toenails?

Best way to get rid of infected ingrown toenails?

Infected Ingrow toen: Best way is surgically remove the ingrowing toenail and cleanig the area to drain and coverage with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i cut my toenail all the way down to the cuticle part, and cut most of the infected nail off, how can I get it to grow baack healthy?

Can you tell me if i cut my toenail all the way down to the cuticle part, and cut most of the infected nail off, how can I get it to grow baack healthy?

See Podiatrist: A professional should examine it and assess situation. Any remaining infection will be treated and measures can be taken to prevent recurrence. If this is first time ingrown nail occurred, probably will grow back normal in time with proper care. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if i cut my toenail all the way down to the cuticle part, and cut most of the infected nail off, how can I get it to grow baack healthy?

See below: This will be a long process since it takes almost 1 year to grow the toenail from base to tip. I would recommend a daily use of a liquid antifungal and make sure to use a cuticle stick to push the skin away from the nail to allow it to grow out ...Read more

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Had total removal of infected ingrown toenail removed in May. Is ok to paint the skin while it grows back? Dr said could take 8 months to grow fully

Had total removal of infected ingrown toenail removed in May. Is ok to paint the skin while it grows back? Dr said could take 8 months to grow fully

Paint away Monet.: If that is want you want to do, there is no reason not to. You might occasionally visually inspect the application site to make sure you are not irritating the skin with the paint. For your information, sometimes after a total nail removal, the new nail may show some distortion. This distortion can be temporary or permanent. There is no way of telling until the begins to appear. ...Read more

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Can bone get infected if you have deep hand cut?

Can bone get infected if you have deep hand cut?

Open fracture: With a deep cut that exposed bone can get infected if the wound get infected, it is not a typical scenario. However if the cut also cuts the bone such as with a saw, or there is devitalized tissue or there is an open fracture risk goes up. If the cut is due to a dirty source such as a bite or a farm injury and there is bone injury then that must be washed out properly to avoid severe bone infect. ...Read more

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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