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My ingrown toenail infection now has black around the pus pocket. What should I do?

My ingrown toenail infection now has black around the pus pocket. What should I do?

Toenail: For goodnes’s sake, go see a clinician that can remove the nail and initiate antibiotics and give you some relief. ...Read more

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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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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I have ingrown toenail (infected but no pus or blood) so im soaking my feet in vinegar. Now i have small black dot on skin near toenail. Gangrene?

I have ingrown toenail (infected but no pus or blood) so im soaking my feet in vinegar. Now i have small black dot on skin near toenail. Gangrene?

You state: Your 20 so I would highly doubt it is gangrene. If its infected, just to see a foot doc and have it taken care of correctly. ...Read more

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Big toe sore, skin red, squeezed and pus came outside of toe nail. Is it a possible ingrown toe nail? Infection?

Big toe sore, skin red, squeezed and pus came outside of toe nail. Is it a possible ingrown toe nail? Infection?

Toe infection: Yes. This is an infection, and it can be from an ingrown nail. Clean the toe. Soak it in sitz bath and see your doctor soon for antibiotics. Wear looser shoes to avoid pressure on the wound. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have an ingrown toenail that's infected and I need something for the infection?

I have an 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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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?

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

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My toe has swelled and has pus or some other discharge coming out of it. I think it is an ingrown toenail.?

My toe has swelled and has pus or some other discharge coming out of it. I think it is an ingrown toenail.?

Infection: Most likely infected. May have started with an ingrown toenail but more serious problem now. You need to see your doctor, have the toe evaluated, cultured, and start an oral and topical antibiotic. In the meanwhile, keep it clean, minimize activity, avoid tight-fitting shoes, apply an otc antibiotic such as polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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There is pus coming out of my ingrown toenail, is it infected?

Yes: Pus is bacteria, you have an infection. Recommend you see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My big toenail on my left foot has been hurting off and on for about a year. I've squeezed pus out of it. I have an ingrown toenail? Any options, other than surgery?

My big toenail on my left foot has been hurting off and on for about a year. I've squeezed pus out of it. I have an ingrown toenail? Any options, other than surgery?

Ingrown: This is one of those things that surgical resection is the option. It will make the problem go away and make you feel better. See your podiatrist — you won't regret it! ...Read more

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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.
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What to do for an ingrown toenail for 2 year bone infection?

What to do for an ingrown toenail for 2 year bone infection?

See a Doctor: You can get a permanent nail removal and be checked for complications like a bone infection. ...Read more

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Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be used to treat ingrown toenail infection?

Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be used to treat ingrown toenail infection?

Wrong antibiotic: Most of the time. In fact, the majority of ingrown toenail infections do not need an oral antibiotic if the offending portion of the nail is removed. ...Read more

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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 bacterium 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

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My partner has a painful big toe and it bleeds and has pus and it has made his toe have a lump on it. Ingrown toenail?

Sounds like it.: Get to a Podiatrist ASAP. Your partner most likely has an infected ingrown toenail which should be treated promptly. ...Read more

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Can you take bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds for ingrown toenail infections?

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

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Could my ingrown toenail have any connection to a bone infection?

Could my ingrown toenail have any connection to a bone infection?

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

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Toe next to big toe is inflamed, bright red, pain but no pus. Pain keeping me up at night, no ingrown toenail, what could this be?

Toe next to big toe is inflamed, bright red, pain but no pus. Pain keeping me up at night, no ingrown toenail, what could this be?

Gout, pseudogout,: Infection such as GC are major causes of non-traumatic mono-articular arthritis. You need a medical evaluation if pain is this severe. ...Read more

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What should be done about an infected ingrown toenail that can be done in my own home? (already cut the nail and drained pus; how to keep it clean?)

What should be done about an infected ingrown toenail that can be done in my own home? (already cut the nail and drained pus; how to keep it clean?)

A little trick: All answers were correct, I would add just the following: make a match size roll from a gause pad and apply it between the nail's edge and the inflamed skin. Change this a few time. It will help keeping secretion s out and healing. ...Read more

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My son has an ingrown toenail which is infected. We have no medical insurance until january. Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) effective for this kind of infection?

My son has an ingrown toenail which is infected. We have no medical insurance until january. Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) effective for this kind of 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

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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. ...Read more

Infection (Definition)

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


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