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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Swollen Toenail Area (Overview)

Swollen toenail area can be a symptom of inflammation or infection in the area, commonly due to an ingrown toenail.


Dr. Michael Gabor
29 doctors shared insights

Swollen Toenail Area (Overview)

Swollen toenail area can be a symptom of inflammation or infection in the area, commonly due to an ingrown toenail.


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How can I heal an ingrown toenail swollen area?

How can I heal an ingrown toenail swollen area?

It may hurt, but...: It's possible but unlikely that it will just heal. 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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Treating an Ingrown Toenail (Checklist)

Make sure your shoes aren't too tight
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Have it evaluated by your podiatrist if there are signs of infection
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See a podiatrist if pain persists or doesn't improve
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How to cure a swollen toenail that has puss?

How to cure a swollen toenail that has puss?

See a Podiatrist: You may need an antibiotic and the nail edge removed. The proceedure is painless. ...Read more

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How does one get rid of MRSA and how are the swollen , pus filled areas cared for?

How does one get rid of MRSA and how are the swollen , pus filled areas cared for?

Drainage and hygiene: If your infection is recurrent , an antibacterial wash such as Chlorhexidine can reduce the amount of bacteria on your skin and help prevent further infections. Pus filled areas need to be drained as antibiotics alone will not help. A culture of the pus can be taken to see which antibiotic the infection is susceptible to if the drainage does not adequately treat it. Good hand hygiene also helps. ...Read more

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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Move your body. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods
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Don't wear tight garments
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Lose weight if needed
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Avoid standard diuretics as they won't solve the problem
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How can I heal an ingrown toenail swollen area?

It may hurt, but...: It's possible but unlikely that it will just heal. 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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What can I do to heal the swollen area around the ingrown toenail?

What can I do to heal the swollen area around the ingrown toenail?

Soak in epsom salts.: Redness and pain along the nail border, sometimes with drainage indicates an "ingrown toenail". If your ingrown nail is infected, you'll likely need antibiotics, and possibly a nail procedure. If you can't get in to see a doctor immediately, soak the toe 10 min/day in luke warm water and epsom salts, use a small amount of topical antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandaid. ...Read more

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Big toe has a red area at bottom of my toenail looks swollen a bit and weird clear ooze that hardens into yellow crusty stuff tried peroxide it foams?

Is it itchy: Appears to be an eczema from the description you gave. Avoid putting hydrogen peroxide. Clean with tap water and soap, dry the area and then apply a steroid cream -otc preparations initially. If not helpful than get a more potent preparation from your pcp it doesn't appear to be pyogenic whitlow as there appears to be less question of pain. Avoid changing shoes often. Avoidnew detergents/new shoes. ...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