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Ingrown toenail with black around the pus pocket bad if diabetic?

Ingrown toenail with black around the pus pocket bad if diabetic?

See a specialist!: Infection in a diabetic should never be ignored especially if you are noting additional skin color changes. If you can't be seen by a foot specialis same day, go to urgent care or the er. ...Read more

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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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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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Is this an infection or wound. dark red area on left big toe. when i clipped nails, small amount of pus exited corner of toe. also extremely painful.

Is this an infection or wound. dark red area on left big toe. when i clipped nails, small amount of pus exited corner of toe. also extremely painful.

Ingrown nail, keep-: -clean &see your PCP in the morning. You have already drained it. Warm soaks will help symptoms decrease. You could also call today & talk to person on call for more advice. ...Read more

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I was told that there re still pockets of pus near the area where Dr lanced staph infection & was put on antibiotic.What will happen to pus around it?

I was told that there re still pockets of pus near the area where Dr lanced staph infection & was put on antibiotic.What will happen to pus around it?

Body should reabsorb: Your body should reabsorb it. But if the collection grows again (and the mass/lumb gets bigger and painful again) may need to go back and redrain it. Sorry. Hope this heals up for you without further issues. Dr R ...Read more

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I removed a nail and en though swell g and redness is going down around the toe inside where the nail grows developing I'm on keflex ?

I removed a nail and en though swell g and redness is going down around the toe inside where the nail grows developing I'm on keflex ?

YOU NEED: to SOAK THAT TOE (FOOT) in hot (but not burning) water..continue the antibiotic If redness increases or increased swelling/redness persists get it checked out by the Health Care Professional who prescribed the Keflex! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Big toe very red in the corner from in grown toe nail. Cut the nail away but appears infected. Soaking in tea tree oil Helps. Do I need anti biot?

Big toe very red in the corner from in grown toe nail. Cut the nail away but appears infected. Soaking in tea tree oil   Helps. Do I need anti biot?

See DR: Tea tree oil worthless. The Dr who cut away the nail will be interested to inspect this and talk to you. The red area may be a normal response to surgery or infection. Is there pus? A red streak up the toe? How long since surgery? ...Read more

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What should be done about, what we think is an infected ingrown toe nail? The toe nail has come off twice, smells bad and had a red color.

What should be done about, what we think is an infected ingrown toe nail? The toe nail has come off twice, smells bad and had a red color.

Toe problem: I am making the assumption that this was not submitted by an 11 year (even though demographic shows this is being asked by an 11 year old). Just seems too sophisticated for that age. The fact that the toe is malodorous is of concern. Recommend podiatrist or your healthcare provider evaluate promptly. ...Read more

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What do to for an ingrown toenail that became infected and pussing and a small red lump is now coming from the cuticle. ?

What do to for an ingrown toenail that became infected and pussing and a small red lump is now coming from the cuticle. ?

It may hurt, but...: There is a small piece of nail still embedded in the corner. You need to get that out. If you can't get it out on your own, a podiatrist can. Sometimes this can be done without numbing the toe, but often, anesthesia is necessary. If it is a chronic condition, there is a very successful surgery that can be done to permanently correct the problem. ...Read more

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Subungual hematoma; left index, how long until nail falls off? Lots of blood accumulating under nail. Black in colour. Severely painful and swollen.

Subungual hematoma; left index, how long until nail falls off? Lots of blood accumulating under nail.  Black in colour.  Severely painful and swollen.

Trephination: Ouch! Go see your family doc about this condition, the sooner the better. S/he can make a hole (trephinate) in your nail allowing blood to escape, thus relieving pressure & pain. No anesthesia needed. Instant pain relief w/very dramatic release of blood build up. Check out http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/82926-overview for more info. ...Read more

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Went on holiday to srilanka bitten by ant or mosquito and have a big wound thats turning black round the edges near my left big toe and pus coming out?

Went on holiday to srilanka bitten by ant or mosquito and have a big wound thats turning black round the edges near my left big toe and pus coming out?

Infected: It could be infected if there is pus coming out of it. The black edges are concerning and suggest necrotic tissue. You could have been bitten by a spider. You should see a doctor and have it cultured and treated ...Read more

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Big toe at the cutical is redish n puffy just sterilized needle n popped it n yellowish pus oozed from under my cuticle can I take care without a doc?

Big toe at the cutical is redish n puffy just sterilized needle n popped it n yellowish pus oozed from under my cuticle can I take care without a doc?

Probably so: This is likely something called paronychia. Once the pus has drained then keep it clean and it generally solves on its own. If it lingers or worsens then you should see your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Caught my toe nail a week ago and some of it ripped off and now there is an infection under the nail. What can I do toe is red, inflamed & painful.

Caught my toe nail a week ago and some of it ripped off and now there is an infection under the nail. What can I do toe is red, inflamed & painful.

See your doctor: Please see your doctor. It sounds like your toe is infected, and this needs to be treated properly. Your doctor may remove a portion of your nail to allow the infection to drain properly. They may also recommend soaks with Epsom salt. Depending on the severity of the infection, you may also need topical or oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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I had ingrown toe nail out! it's been almost 2 weeks and its oozing and have a red streak down the middle of the toe nail. What could be wrong?

Infection: Was the nail edge just cut out, or was it also cauterized to prevent regrowth? The latter can be red and drain for several weeks. The alternative is infection. Either way, the best course is to contact the doctor that treated it initially, have it evaluated and let that doctor decide whether antibiotics are appropriate. ...Read more

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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


Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more