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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.

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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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Staph infection or ingrown hair, how can I tell?

Staph infection or ingrown hair, how can I tell?

Well: Sometimes ingrown hairs develop staph infections. Either could present with what looks like a boil.

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Removing ingrown hairs and had to dig in the skin to get them out (bad, I know). Now have several open wounds. Possibility of staph infection?

Removing ingrown hairs and had to dig in the skin to get them out (bad, I know). Now have several open wounds. Possibility of staph infection?

See a professional: Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications.

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What is the best treatment for a staph infection on my foot?

What is the best treatment for a staph infection on my foot?

Would depend: On what the wound looked like. You would also want to know if just staph or mrsa....And things of that nature.

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My son had a bug bite on his foot. Today its much bigger and oozing. It seems to keep filling up with fluid. It is red around it. Staph infection?

My son had a bug bite on his foot. Today its much bigger and oozing. It seems to keep filling up with fluid. It is red around it. Staph infection?

See your doctor: This needs to be checked out by a health care provider. Don't squeeze it, or open it. Mark the red area with a marker if it is getting bigger or there are streaks of red on the foot or leg, would go in immediately. Yes, if very well could be staph

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I have pain in my hip, knee, foot and my foot is swollen and numb. I found out that someone that went on a trip with me has staph infection. What now?

I have pain in my hip, knee, foot and my foot is swollen and numb. I found out that someone that went on a trip with me has staph infection. What now?

Not enough info: It would be unusual for a systemic Staph infection just from casual contact. I would consider other options, include reactive arthritis, crystalline arthritis (gout/pseudogout). It doesn't seem like the information given is going to help us pinpoint why you have this. Any recent new sexual partner or risk for gonorrhea? Where was trip? Lumbago with sciatica can lead to pain in those areas.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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!

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

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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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. Sincerely' Dr. Latva

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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.

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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!

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Infection (Definition)

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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