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Redness in big toe has happened about 4x this year. Lasts about a month. Some soreness

Redness in big toe has happened about 4x this year. Lasts about a month. Some soreness

Big toe: This sounds like the progression of an ingrown nail. See your podiatrist as you will have a full blown infection eventually. Soaking in just warm water really won't help. The best thing to do is not to play around at home as you have had 4 instances and it is sore, but see your podiatrist for the right help ...Read more

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I broke my toe that's next to my big toe just after Christmas, the X-ray showed it was in pieces at the end of my toe, it's still swollen, red, sore a?

I broke my toe that's next to my big toe just after Christmas, the X-ray showed it was in pieces at the end of my toe, it's still swollen, red, sore a?

Root Damage?: It's time to have the toe re-evaluated. The difficulty you are having know is either being caused from the bone or the nail. It is not all that unusual for the nail to become ingrown due to nail root damage during the fracturing of the toe. The timing makes sense. Have an expert do the re-evaluation. ...Read more

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So my toe is red and sore and shines. It's my toe next to my big toe on the left foot. And I do have a fungi problem with the toe. What do I do!?

So my toe is red and sore and shines. It's my toe next to my big toe on the left foot. And I do have a fungi problem with the toe. What do I do!?

Sore toe: If you have soreness along with swelling and redness, there could be an infection in the toenail. Check with your doctor about treatments if your symptoms don't resolve. ...Read more

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My big toe is red an numb and somewhat sore. Now my toenail is yellow and trying to fall off. What is wrong with it?

My big toe is red an numb and somewhat sore. Now my toenail is yellow and trying to fall off. What is wrong with it?

Onycholysis/mycosis: Your nail is coming loose because fungus in the toenail distorts the shape of the nail. The nail becomes loose and constantly moves with walking causing irritation and redness and infection. See a podiatrist for antibiotics and treatment options. Oral antifungals only have a 38% cure rate and topicals have less than a 10% cure rate. The nail can also be removed permanently by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have a bright red and sore spot on top of the joint, closest to nail of big toe, left. Some artritis in other joint. Longtime fungus on nail. Thanks?

I have a bright red and sore spot on top of the joint, closest to nail of big toe, left. Some artritis in other joint. Longtime fungus on nail. Thanks?

Foot care: Individuals with diabetes mellitus and/or on immunosuppressants need to be very cautious about sores and ulcers on their feet. Routine foot care is extremely important. Once an abnormality is noted I would not hesitate to seek medical attention to make sure this is not some type of infection that will get out of hand and result in tissue loss. ...Read more

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

Big toe sore, skin red, squeezed and pus came out side 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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My big toe has been swollen, red & sore for months. Doc thought fungal. Lost nail. 3 mts of terbinafine not helped. Pain persists. I play soccer!

My big toe has been swollen, red & sore for months. Doc thought fungal. Lost nail. 3 mts of terbinafine not helped. Pain persists. I play soccer!

Soccer toe: Pain under the toe nail can be due to worn out or poorly fitting soccer boots. Make sure you are fitted and padding the top of the toe can definitely help. Losing a nail due to a subungual (beneath the nail) hematoma is not that uncommon. Should these fail, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My big toe of foot along big toe is red tender and has pyogenic abcess, what should I do kindly tell me medications???

My big toe of foot along big toe is red tender and has pyogenic abcess, what should I do kindly tell me medications???

See your doctor: If you have an abscess on your toe, you need a prescription for antibiotics. You may need the abscess drained. You may need an ingrown toenail removed. Please see your doctor for the proper care. ...Read more

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I rubbed a sore on my foot approx two weeks ago and it seems to be having hard time healing. Has a lot of redness around it. What should I do?

See: A podiatrist for exam and diagnosis. If you are diabetic I suggest you get checked asap for possible infection and even if not diabetic. Redness could be infection so get in! ...Read more

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What can I do to treat it? It's painful. I scratched the top of my foot during my sleep and woke up with a open sore. It now has a scab with redness around it.

What can I do to treat it? It's painful. I scratched the top of my foot during my sleep and woke up with a open sore. It now has a scab with redness around it.

Wound treatment: Simple wound care includes cleansing the wounded area with soap and water daily. Apply antibiotic ointment and a sterile dressing to the area daily after cleansing. If the redness worsens, you should see your podiatrist for treatment of possible infection. ...Read more

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The toe next to my little toe has twice in the past month become red, inflamed and sore. The red color is also on the top of my foot just below the toe.

Red inflamed: This could easily be a recurrant infection that sounds worse as each episode has occurred. Sometimes there is a bone spur that has rubbed a small - or even large - hole in the toe causing this. If it were large you would probably see some drainage. Seek the help of a podiatrist - don't wait! Good luck. ...Read more

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On my right foot I have a sore red spot right below last 3 toes.. Not on the toes. Yesterday I could barely walk it was so sore. Today still really sore but now this red spot is new?

On my right foot I have a sore red spot right below last 3 toes.. Not on the toes. Yesterday I could barely walk it was so sore. Today still really sore but now this red spot is new?

Cellulitis: Soreness and redness, in your case sounds like too much pressure being applied to the metatarsal bones. This can occur from prolonged standing or walking with poorly cushioned shoes. You need to address this, If this pain does not subside. Then see a specialist to evaluate your problem specifically. ...Read more

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I have a very sore little toe on my left foot. Its very red, sensitive to touch, itchy and rather swollen. I am unsure as to what it is?

Infection: A toe that is red and swollen is concerning for infection. This can happen when an athlete's foot infection between the toes causes an open wound which then gets infected with bacteria. Have it checked by a podiatrist promptly. ...Read more

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Toes on one foot are tingly all the time, when I stand they go numb red and sore. Worse with hot weather. What could b causing this

Toes on one foot are tingly all the time, when I stand they go numb red and sore. Worse with hot weather. What could b causing this

Nerve entrapment: Possible entrapment of a neurovascular bundle in your foot. Either that, or too much Vegemite. ...Read more