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Cut my toe on asphalt, do I need to see a doctor or is some anticeptic and time enough to avoid infection? It is about 4mm in length right on the tip

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Clean the area

And possibly flush with peroxide.
Use a topical antibiotic and keep it covered. If the area seems to worsen int he direction of more redness, pain and swelling, the go to the doctor. This is most likely to happen in the first 72 hours following the injury.

In brief: Clean the area

And possibly flush with peroxide.
Use a topical antibiotic and keep it covered. If the area seems to worsen int he direction of more redness, pain and swelling, the go to the doctor. This is most likely to happen in the first 72 hours following the injury.
Dr. Brandon Macy
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Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Stitches?

Whether it needs stitches is usually determined by the length of the cut (typically an inch or more) and if it will not quit bleeding or if it is very deep.
That size with good bleeding cessation will likely be okay to self-treat.

In brief: Stitches?

Whether it needs stitches is usually determined by the length of the cut (typically an inch or more) and if it will not quit bleeding or if it is very deep.
That size with good bleeding cessation will likely be okay to self-treat.
Dr. Malinda Linn
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In brief: Laceration

At the least, wash the wound thoroughly with an antiseptic soapy water, dilute betadine solution or epsom salts.
Watch for any indication of infection including redness, streaking, purulent drainage (pus)...Make sure no debris in wound. A small amount of topical antibiotic around the wound and a barrier bandage until healing is complete. Best to see pcp or podiatrist for eval and reccs.

In brief: Laceration

At the least, wash the wound thoroughly with an antiseptic soapy water, dilute betadine solution or epsom salts.
Watch for any indication of infection including redness, streaking, purulent drainage (pus)...Make sure no debris in wound. A small amount of topical antibiotic around the wound and a barrier bandage until healing is complete. Best to see pcp or podiatrist for eval and reccs.
Dr. Christopher Hendrix
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In brief: Yes

This injury may require an incision and drainage in order to make sure there is no retained foriegn body/debris.
Ulcer risk must also be determined.

In brief: Yes

This injury may require an incision and drainage in order to make sure there is no retained foriegn body/debris.
Ulcer risk must also be determined.
Dr. Daniel Schulman
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Dr. Lawrence Han
Podiatry

In brief: Depends

Depends on how deep the cut is, and if you cleaned it out.
If after 2-3 days it becomes red swollen or starts draining pus then obviously you need to get seen. There are concerns as well if you have systemic medical issues as well such as diabetes, poor circulation and then you should get seen preventatively to prevent further problems.

In brief: Depends

Depends on how deep the cut is, and if you cleaned it out.
If after 2-3 days it becomes red swollen or starts draining pus then obviously you need to get seen. There are concerns as well if you have systemic medical issues as well such as diabetes, poor circulation and then you should get seen preventatively to prevent further problems.
Dr. Lawrence Han
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