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Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. Itchy, dark purple spot at bite. Treatment?

Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. Itchy, dark purple spot at bite. Treatment?

Leech Bite?: It is actually rare to be allergic or to have a reaction to a leech bite. Assuming it was a leech bite, you could have some irritation and itching, but normally should have no further problems if you have good health and no leech allergies. However, if you are experiencing symptoms such as you describe, then you need to seek medical attention as it may be infected. ...Read more

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Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more


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Why did my toes become dark purple?

Why did my toes become dark purple?

It's really: Impossible to give you a diagnosis over the internet. A dark purple discoloration of the toes can come from a circulation issue, either a blockage or vasospasm (arteries that constrict causing less blood to flow), and sometimes, rarely, a small clot that breaks off from higher up in the body that occludes a small artery.

It's important you see your doctor about this as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Why do my toes turn purple in the shower?

Why do my toes turn purple in the shower?

Has to: It has to do with a change in temperature which affects blood flow and chemical release from the body into skin. ...Read more

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My two big toes have purple marks, should I be concerned?

My two big toes have purple marks, should I be concerned?

Depends on where/why: That description does not tell me much. Was there injury? How long have these purple marks been there? Are there other symptoms such as pain, itching, temperature changes of skin? I think it best to see a podiatrist for pcp for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is this purple brownish ring around my husbands toe?

See below: It could be a bruise or infection.
See a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my toe to have a big reddish purple dot on it?

No: Without seeing it, can't tell you anything else, so visit a doctor to take a look at it. ...Read more

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What are some treatment methods for broken toes?

What are some treatment methods for broken toes?

Immobilization: Toe strapping and rigid surgical shoe. On occasion if displaced, it may require surgical reduction. ...Read more

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Why are my feet and toes purple?

Why are my feet and toes purple?

Raynauds is: A possibility, dependent rubor can present this way, venous insufficiency can at times present this way. A vascular doctor is good to consult for this type of problem. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for hammer toe?

What are some treatments for hammer toe?

Surgery: The treatment for hammer toe is surgery, that is only treatment that can correct it, but for symptomatic treatment to relieve pain and discomfort you can try wearing roomy footwear, using pads and supports in your shoe, and doing toe exercises. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for webbed toes?

See below: If there is no pain or problem I would do nothing.
The only treatment would be surgery to take the toes apart. ...Read more

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Newborn with one purple toe, should I be concerned?

Newborn with one purple toe, should I be concerned?

Yes: I am concerned with things on my or my children's bodies that are not right. A purple toe is not right. This is likely a vascular problem. First check closely for any hair that may be strangulating the toe. If it is there remove the hair. If no hair is this toe colder than the others? Is it warmer? Take your findings to your pediatrician and haven him/her find the cause. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for puncture wound of the toe?

What is the treatment for puncture wound of the toe?

Doc visit: A puncture one of the toe should be thoroughly cleansed and debrided. You may require a course of oral antibiotics. Local wound care will make sure you heal up properly. If there's any suspicion that bone is involved then you should have a baseline x-ray. ...Read more

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Numbness on toes after chemo treatments will it go away?

Numbness on toes after chemo treatments will it go away?

Ask your: Doc if they could prescribe metanx. It is a vitamin with l- methyl folate, (folic acid) b12, b 6 my patients do well with it. ...Read more

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Painful bump between toes. What is treatment for none spurs?

Painful bump between toes. What is treatment for none spurs?

See a podiatrist: Corns are callouses on the toes and are caused mainly by shoe irritation over a period of time. They can just be trimmed by a podiatrist, but will usually come back. The real cause is bony enlargement or malpositioning of the toe. There is a real simple surgery to smooth off the underlying bone and the corn should go away permanently. You can also have your shoes stretched or wear wider shoes. ...Read more

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My left big toe stays purple most of the time. Do I have diabetes?

My left big toe stays purple most of the time. Do I have diabetes?

See your doctor: The toe is a separate issue from your possible diabetes. Your doctor can ask some questions, examine you, check a blood sample and tell you if you're diabetic. Your purple toe could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (pad), which is best managed by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do if I banged my toe hard and the nail has gone purple.?

What to do if I banged my toe hard and the nail has gone purple.?

No worries: Happened to me 8 months ago. The nail is attached to the nail bed. When injury occurs, the union between the two gets disrupted and bleeding occurs under the nail. Eventually it will fall off and a new nail will grow in. This process takes about 8-10 months. Mine is almost grown back. No pain....no worries. If it gets red, swollen or hurts, see a Podiatrist. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is a toe "corn", & is there a natural treatment?

Bony enlargement: It is thickened skin that forms pressure over a bone spur. There are no natural treatments. You can protect the area or have it removed. ...Read more

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Hi my toe is turning purple inside the nail in the corner what can that be? It hurts to touch it

Hi my toe is turning purple inside the nail in the corner what can that be? It hurts to touch it

Subungual hematoma: Could be clotted blood from trauma, abscess if red from ingrown toenail, there are other possibilities as well, please see your doctor or a podiatrist. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between turf toe and broken? What are the treatments? How long for healing?

Xray: The only way to tell the difference is an X-ray. The treatment is essentially the same though. Buddy taping and rest until healed. ...Read more

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My toes go purple when I sit down and go really red when I walk. There's no in between. What's my problem?

My toes go purple when I sit down and go really red when I walk. There's no in between. What's my problem?

Discolored Toes: Circulation changes can cause purple toes when you sit from decreased blood flow to the digits and even bright red upon standing or when you walk. Staying hydrated, getting exercise and eating healthy foods are all important to maintaining good circulation. If you are concerned have your family doctor take a look. ...Read more

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I have been training for my first marathon and after long runs my lips and toes turn purple for a while. Is this ok?

I have been training for my first marathon and after long runs my lips and toes turn purple for a while. Is this ok?

Absolutely: Nobody really understands the curious vasomotor things that happen in elite athlets. I am extremely pleased that you're involved in a fitness lifestyle and wish you the best. ...Read more

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I went out dancing this weekend with high heels and ended up waking up with my toe being light purple with pain. What should I do?

No heels to heal: First of all, no high heels until your toe heals. You can elevate the leg and treat the painful area with ice protecting your skin with a towel for 15 minutes ever 1/2 to 1 hour. Try exercising in a swimming pool or on a bicycle as tolerated until well. If you don't improve at all or worsen, please seek medical help. Soft tissue injuries can take 4-6 weeks to heal on average, and sometimes longer. ...Read more

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What are the treatments to fade a hyperpigmented scar that is purple that you are trying to fade to white? Scars are over 2 years old.

What are the treatments to fade a hyperpigmented scar that is purple that you are trying to fade to white? Scars are over 2 years old.

Vascular: The purple color in scars comes from blood vessels. At 2 years the scar is mature, and less likely to change on its own. Most topical treatments will do nothing, but a trial of topical silicone sheeting may help. Laser treatments can be used to reduce the size and number of blood vessels, or the scar can be excised and closed again. Which does or doesn't apply depends on your physical examination. ...Read more

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I trim my hair very short with a trimmer and have noticed 2 purple in color spots appear on my head. They don't hurt. Cause and treatment please.

I trim my hair very short with a trimmer and have noticed 2 purple in color spots appear on my head. They don't hurt. Cause and treatment please.

Moles?: Are these raised? Might be a form of nevus which has blood vessels in it giving it this color? Can you send a picture? A dermatologist can easily identify and remove these if you would like. ...Read more

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Treatment for green toe infection?

See podiatrist: Do you mean the nail is green? This is likely fungus. If there is green drainage or pus this could be a pseudomonas infection that would require an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a broken toe?

See below: If there is no deformity the toe is usually splinted to the toe next to it and a hard soled shoe is used to prevent motion. ...Read more