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Infection After Toenail Removal
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
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
Following toenail removal I developed an infection in my toes that appears to be moving down my toe toward my foot. Fluclolaxin has not worked.?
Call surgeon ASAP.: Your best bet is to call the surgeon who did the surgery. Depending on the procedure, the reaction may not be an infection. I could be a reaction to a chemical used in some nail surgery procedures. Your surgeon should know how to deal with the issue, no matter what the proximate cause may be. ...Read more
Soap and water: Is all you need, dry and cover with band aide ...Read more
Under the nail? The whole nail, or the side, or sides? Is is red, swollen, painful, with drainage? Frequently, the nail, or infected side, has to be removed by a podiatrist in the office with a local anesthetic. In mild cases, Epsom salt soaks and antibiotic pills may help. If diabetic, see a podiatrist quickly.
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Yes: You need to watch it to make sure it does not get red, swollen or start draining. ...Read more
The best thing to do is to keep the area clean. Putting some neosporin and a bandaid on should help if a bandage is not already on from the physician. Change the bandage around twice a day. Avoid tight fitting shoes as well.
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I had my two big toenails removed the 6th. The root was chemical burned and they should not grown back. What infection signs do I need to look for?
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In addition to a good history and physical, skin and nail problems are a visual problem, a luxury I don't have here. A culture may be taken. Fungal nail infections have an appearance of thickening, brittle, brown, maybe an odor. Bacterial nail infections are painful, red, swollen, with drainage.
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There are a few: Toenail fungal infections or onychomycosis have a number of different treatment options. Unfortunately none of them is great. Options include topical lacquers to paint on the nail, medicines that you take by mouth, laser treatments and even removal of the toenail. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages. I recommend that you see your primary care doctor for further discussion about this. ...Read more
Many: Not typical to have infection but signs would be extreme reddness, a yellow discharge or even green. Swelling around the edge of the nail bed with redness or streaking up the toe or foot would be signs. Hot to touch would be indicative of infection too. If in doubt, see your pcp or surgeon. May need an antibiotic. May be doing fine and you just need some reassurance. Nail it down! ...Read more
See a Podiatrist.: A fungal nail infection can be very difficult to cure. Over the counter treatments are usually not very effective. Prescription medications are available. Oral medication called Lamisil (terbinafine) is often effective for toenail fungus. Blood tests must be done to monitor liver function. It is a generally a safe and effective treatment for many people. ...Read more
See Podiatrist: Who will evaluate it and possibly take a culture to determine what is causing "infection". ...Read more
See below: Antibiotics and possible removal of a section of nail if ingrown. ...Read more
I'm losing a toenail. It doesn't look like there is a fungal infection. Should I just wait it out?
As long as there is not redness, swelling, pain, or drainage indicating an infection. Keep a band-aid on the toe so the nail doesn't catch on hose or socks.
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Remove: The cause. The nail that is ingrown is like a splinter. It needs to be removeed ...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
Various treatments: Topical medication, oral medications, laser or removal of nail. However, there is no guarantee and it can be many months with medication before you see results. Recurrence is quite common because for there is already a tendency for certain people to develop this. This may have to do with immune system, heredity or other environmental factors. Maintenance therapy is a must after treatment. ...Read more
No way 2 cure it, ...: But it can only b cured by a surgical procedure. If it is confined 2 just the great toe ; is very symptomatic (painful), the entire nail must b removed ; most importantly the nail bed must b obliterated. Some do this ; skin graft the nail bed ; some will shorten the bone beneath the nail ; then suture the distal flap created 2 the skin on the dorsal (top) of the toe. Tough skin @ end of toe it wor. ...Read more
Maybe?: The reason you hear so many different treatments for toenail fungus is because there is no perfect, sure-fire treatment that works 100% of the time. I've seen vaporub work, as well as other natural oil remedies, but rarely. You can also try laser therapy, antifungal creams, paints, or even oral medications if your doctor deems you healthy enough to take them. ...Read more
There are few: There are 3 main treatment options for toenail fungus. The 1st option is an oral medication. The tablets although highly effective do have some possible side effects. The 2nd option is laser treatment, a highly effective option in my experience. The 3rd option is a topical medication, which is the least effective of the three. Consult your doctor for the right treatment for you. ...Read more
Depends: If treatment is continuous, it's 3 months. If it's "pulse" i.e. One week on 3 weeks off, it's 9 weeks. Please note that dosing is different. ...Read more
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