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Yellowish substance that smells like cheese under my big toenails. It is not puss. My toenails are dull and my small toe is spongey and dark.

Yellowish substance that smells like cheese under my big toenails. It is not puss. My toenails are dull and my small toe is spongey and dark.

Infected toenails: You may have a fungal infection of the toe nails. Please see your doctor so she can recommend the appropriate treatment. In the mean time please keep the toes clean and free of all nail polish. ...Read more

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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


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My big toe has some puss coming out of the side buy the toenail. The skin there is puffy and red. It causes minor discomfort. What should I do?

My big toe has some puss coming out of the side buy the toenail. The skin there is puffy and red. It causes minor discomfort. What should I do?

Ingrown toenail: You should see a podiatrist to have the ingrown nail removed. In the mean time you could soak the toe in epsom salts and water, and apply an antibacterial ointment to the area once or twice a day. ...Read more

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Why am I so prone to ingrown nails on my toes and ingrown cuticles on my fingers? I had the 2 big toenails cut so the puss come out and heal. Now I have an ingrown on my finger which is extremely painful. How can I prevent tgis from recurring?

Why am I so prone to ingrown nails on my toes and ingrown cuticles on my fingers? I had the 2 big toenails cut so the puss come out and heal. Now I have an ingrown on my finger which is extremely painful. How can I prevent tgis from recurring?

Too short.: Most ingrown nails are a direct consequence to inappropriate trimming of the nails. Cutting the nails too short is a typical finding when treating patients with ingrown nails. I suggest you begin there. ...Read more

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Big toenail removed d/t infection, moderate pain after. Day 4 and still some throbbing, able to tolerate epsom soak first time yesterday. Concerning?

Big toenail removed d/t infection, moderate pain after. Day 4 and still some throbbing, able to tolerate epsom soak first time yesterday. Concerning?

Not uncommon: It is early yet & would follow up with ur surgeon. It also depends on what was done. Simple removing of the nail with no reconstruction such as nail bed removal and shortening of the toe and then the pad brought up over the end of the nail &sutured to the skin above the nail bed is a larger procedure. Both would be painful @ this stage. B sure to follow ur surgeon's plan of care. ...Read more

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Throbbing pain and pus coming out from toe nail, after I was cutting my toenails with scissors I stabbed the side of my big toe and now after 3 days?

Throbbing pain and pus coming out from toe nail, after I was cutting my toenails with scissors I stabbed the side of my big toe and now after 3 days?

Infected toe nail: Sounds like you have an infection., try soaking in betadine mixed with warm water and see your doctor. Some toe nail infection are not bad while some are more of a problem and you need to see a doctor for it. ...Read more

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I have a badly infected ingrown toenail in my left big toe. Dark brown pus. Throbbing pain. Skin over grown on nail on left side. Hard to walk. Need help?

I have a badly infected ingrown toenail in my left big toe. Dark brown pus. Throbbing pain. Skin over grown on nail on left side. Hard to walk. Need help?

Need urgent care...: Did you have similar event before? If not, it is time to be checked and cared correctly. How? Follow instructions described in How to Handle Sickness? On https://ebettercare. Com/feel-become-sick/. Thereby you can work well with doc so to reach right care timely; do not wait out. Best wish to health.... ...Read more

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There is some swelling under my toe nail on the big toe. At times puss comes from the swollen area on top of the nail. Help?

There is some swelling under my toe nail on the big toe. At times puss comes from the swollen area on top of the nail. Help?

Nail bed infection: It sounds like there is infection in the nail bed. You may need an incision around that area to let the pus completely drained with or without antibiotic. ...Read more

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My big toe on my right foot got bruised a year ago and ever since, the left side has been puffy and red. Every so often, it hurts and gets puss. What should I do?

My big toe on my right foot got bruised a year ago and ever since, the left side has been puffy and red. Every so often, it hurts and gets puss. What should I do?

INGROWN TOENAIL: This is a chronic low grade infection with extra granulation tissue formation and pus inside. Soak ur foot in warm water in a bucket 30 min 1-2 times/day, put one tablespoonful epsom salt. Release the nail angle so that pus comes out. Remember, when you clip your nail, don't cut the corners, wear loose fitting shoes. See your podiatrist, you might need antibiotic and some surgical cleaning. ...Read more

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A heavy bowl fell on my big toe, my toe nail is blue n green and throbbing, have I broke my toe?

A heavy bowl fell on my big toe, my toe nail is blue n green and throbbing, have I broke my toe?

No: Unless the injury is very severe the more common cause would be subungual hematoma. That is blood under the nail plate and is very painful. Go to an urgent care center or emergency room. The doctor can use electro cautery to make holes in the nail plate and express the blood out giving immediate relief. ...Read more

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Accidentally dropped the blow dryer and it landed on my foot between my big toe and"ring toe." having throbbing pain there. What to do?

Accidentally dropped the blow dryer and it landed on my foot between my big toe and"ring toe." having throbbing pain there. What to do?

Get an X-ray: Ouch! You probably injured yourself and the only way to determine if you did something is to have your foot examined and an xray taken. See a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I've got a really bad throbbing pain in my left big toe. It has kept me up at night and sheets are uncomfortable for my foot. Only happened last night?

I've got a really bad throbbing pain in my left big toe. It has kept me up at night and sheets are uncomfortable for my foot. Only happened last night?

Need evaluation: Do you have an ingrown nail? Does the toe appear red. Need an evaluation. 14 years old I doubt it could be gout. You may have hit your toe or have an ingrown nail. Also possible rheumatoid arthritis. However, must be examine to see what is going on. ...Read more

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I had both my big toe nails removed a week ago today I still have pain swelling and throbbing with some discharge and still can't put on any shoes?

I had both my big toe nails removed a week ago today I still have pain swelling and throbbing with some discharge and still can't put on any shoes?

INFECTION?: A permanent removal? With a chemical? With such limited information, the first sign of infection is a lot of pain. Why are you not contacting your doctor? ...Read more

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Fractured left foot when younger now big toe has hard lumps around it and throbbing pain and now next toe has lump on it.?

Fractured left foot when younger now big toe has hard lumps around it and throbbing pain and now next toe has lump on it.?

If you fractured: Your left foot when younger I would doubt what you are complaining about now is related to it. Hard lumps could be anything from corns to warts etc, would really need to see them to give a more accurate diagnosis. If you can't post a pic then see a doctor in person. ...Read more

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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 do you cure an ingrown toenail that's red and weaping puss?

How do you cure an ingrown toenail that's red and weaping puss?

Red and pus: This is an obvious infection - and needs help right away. The tendon in your toe is surprisingly close to the nail growth center and a great place for an infection to race up your foot. See your podiatrist for antibiotics and to discuss getting rid of the ingrown nail that caused the whole problem. ...Read more

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Abscess on top part of ear, 4 days. Painful, throbbing. Poked it with tiny lancet& squeezed but only blood came out, no puss. Should I poke deeper?

Abscess on top part of ear, 4 days. Painful, throbbing. Poked it with tiny lancet& squeezed but only blood came out, no puss. Should I poke deeper?

See a doctor: For these kinds of problems, it's gone beyond the 'home remedy' stage. The issue with the ear is that you don't want a longer term deformity to develop by poking around and digging at this infection. A doctor should better be able to manage this for you. I would call your primary or go to an Urgent Care center where someone could deal with it properly. ...Read more

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I have a redness around my toenail, and in a toe, not the bones, it hurts so much, it is hot to the touch, no puss, flares after activities?

I have a redness around my toenail, and in a toe, not the bones, it hurts so much, it is hot to the touch, no puss, flares after activities?

Without: Seeing it it could be many things but my guess would be an ingrown toenail which is inflamed by activity. See your podiatrist for treatment. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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10yrold girl with a ingrown toenail. Very red and had puss. Not anymore. What should be done. Will it grow out on its own. Or should we go to the dr.

10yrold girl with a ingrown toenail. Very red and had puss. Not anymore. What should be done. Will it grow out on its own. Or should we go to the dr.

Just monitor: If this is not inflamed or painful you can monitor the situation at home. I do encourage these kids to bathe or sit on a shower chair and brush the toenails with a cuticle brush daily. This reduces the background bacteria present and helps with healing. The nail should gradually grow out, but does so slowly at 2-3 mm/month. ...Read more

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Bruised throbbing toenail, how do I relieve the pain?

Blood pocket: Under the toe nail. See a foot doctor who can puncture the nail plate to drain the blood pocket beneath the nail. ...Read more

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My ingrown toenail won't stop throbbing, help?

My ingrown toenail won't stop throbbing, help?

Ingrown nail: If it is not getting better it may need to be removed by a podiatrist. This usually involves numbing your toe and removing the corner of your nail to relieve the pressure and allow the infection to drain. You will usually need to take antibiotics for a short period as well. ...Read more

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Help throbbing toenail groove 1 year after surgery no signs of regrowth could this be scar tissue from phenol?

Help throbbing toenail groove 1 year after surgery no signs of regrowth could this be scar tissue from phenol?

Phenol: ??? Phenol is the cauterizing agent that kills the root of the nail. Scar tissue from the procedure is a possibility. More than likely not enough of the side of the nail was removed and the rest of the nail is digging in the side- recurrent ingrown. See your podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have an ingrown toenail that is throbbing and very very painful that I cannot even walk. I have taken a voltaren 75mg, will this help with the pain?

I have an ingrown toenail that is throbbing and very very painful that I cannot even walk. I have taken a voltaren 75mg, will this help with the pain?

Toe pain: Medication treats the symptoms but you need to treat the cause. Please go to a foot doctor who will ease that ingrown toenail and help you prevent infection. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Sudden onset of throbbing, swelling and pain around the cuticle and sides of toenail. I do have fungus under the nail…never been this painful. Ingrown?

Sudden onset of throbbing, swelling and pain around the cuticle and sides of toenail. I do have fungus under the nail…never been this painful. Ingrown?

Yikes.: It sounds like your toe is definitely inflamed, possibly infected and potentially ingrown. Best thing to do is have it examined to determine your problem and the proper treatment. The fungus under the nail could be a contributing factor in your problem. ...Read more

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The groove of my toenail is throbbing any reason why I had surgery a year ago there's no growth of another nail phenol was applied removed callus?

The groove of my toenail is throbbing any reason why I had surgery a year ago there's no growth of another nail phenol was applied removed callus?

Phenol: ...can kill the nail matrix from which the nail grows, so might explain lack of nail. If swelling with pain, may be due to abnormal healing, and will need seen by the Dr who did the procedure or a Podiatrist to determine problem. ...Read more