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My toe has swelled and has pus or some other discharge coming out of it. I think it is an ingrown toenail.?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Infection

Most likely infected.
May have started with an ingrown toenail but more serious problem now. You need to see your doctor, have the toe evaluated, cultured, and start an oral and topical antibiotic. In the meanwhile, keep it clean, minimize activity, avoid tight fitting shoes, apply an otc antibiotic such as polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin.

In brief: Infection

Most likely infected.
May have started with an ingrown toenail but more serious problem now. You need to see your doctor, have the toe evaluated, cultured, and start an oral and topical antibiotic. In the meanwhile, keep it clean, minimize activity, avoid tight fitting shoes, apply an otc antibiotic such as polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Have it checked

What you describe is a condition known as onychocryptosis or ingrown toenail.
The symptoms can vary from very mild to severe depending on how long it has been present. It occurs when part of the nail penetrates the skin, which can often result in an infection. The treatment includes antibiotics, and removal of the offending part of the nail. See a dermatologist or podiatrist for evaluation.

In brief: Have it checked

What you describe is a condition known as onychocryptosis or ingrown toenail.
The symptoms can vary from very mild to severe depending on how long it has been present. It occurs when part of the nail penetrates the skin, which can often result in an infection. The treatment includes antibiotics, and removal of the offending part of the nail. See a dermatologist or podiatrist for evaluation.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Podiatrist

If this is a recurrent problem see podiatrist for chemical treatment to destroy the offending piece of nail.
Podiatrists feel that ingrown toenails issue to the shape of the toe and can be familial. If necessary a phenol matrix destruction is a permanent solution.

In brief: Podiatrist

If this is a recurrent problem see podiatrist for chemical treatment to destroy the offending piece of nail.
Podiatrists feel that ingrown toenails issue to the shape of the toe and can be familial. If necessary a phenol matrix destruction is a permanent solution.
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sounds like it

Sounds like your symptoms match up.
See a podiatrist to have this addressed.

In brief: Sounds like it

Sounds like your symptoms match up.
See a podiatrist to have this addressed.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ingrown toenail

Many patients cn get immediate relief from an extremely painful red and swollen ingrown toenail once they see a physician or podiatrist and have the"spicule" of the nail plate removed from the dermis of the nail fold.
Sometimes the dagger of the nail plate is lifted up and material is placed underneath so it can grow out withoiut embedding itself again. Antibiotics may be needed.

In brief: Ingrown toenail

Many patients cn get immediate relief from an extremely painful red and swollen ingrown toenail once they see a physician or podiatrist and have the"spicule" of the nail plate removed from the dermis of the nail fold.
Sometimes the dagger of the nail plate is lifted up and material is placed underneath so it can grow out withoiut embedding itself again. Antibiotics may be needed.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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