Red Swollen Toe Infection

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation, redness, edema, swelling, hypervascularization, discharge, or infection of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the clear, very thin protective membrane that covers the white sclera of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. The conjunctiva can easily become infected, red, and swollen. Conjunctivitis is more common in children, but can occur in all ages. Conjunctivitis is very common and very contagious. Every time you blink your eyes, tears splash onto your face, skin and clothing. This splashing can be transmitted to and from others or re-infect you or them. Eye splashes can go up to 6 feet. Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria or viral infections, chemical irritation, wind, dust, trauma, foreign body, smoke, air pollution, allergens and chemicals. Contaminated contact lenses or shared cosmetics can pass conjunctivitis infections to many other people. Contamination can be from allergies caused by cosmetics, perfumes, pollen, saliva, animals or other allergens or partially closed or infected tear ducts. Any source of bacteria introduced into the eye may be the cause. Conjunctivitis can quickly become a small epidemic.

There is substantial risk of developing conjunctivitis with newborns whose mothers were carriers of Gonorrhea or Chlamydia. People who have unsanitary and crowded living conditions are more susceptible. Several exposures may come from public places such as day-care centers, schools, dorms, and prisons. Symptoms may affect one or both eyes and spread quickly too many others. You may notice a clear, green, or yellow discharge from the eye or eyes. Often after sleeping, crusts on the lashes that can cause the eyelids to stick together may appear. You may notice eye pain, swollen eyelids, redness, and itching of the eye. Some people have sensitivity to light. The eye may swell partially or shut completely.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Swollen Toe Infection?
    I am 95% certain I have a toe infection. The tissue above the toenail is swollen and red, and the toenail itself is often yellow. There is no bleeding or puss coming out or any other unusual symptoms. It hurts slightly when it is applied to pressure, but not when I am walking normally. Are there any remedies or things that could cure my toe? Or at least take some of the swelling off?
    I have seen the doctor already and he told me to put it in hot saltwater to bring some of the swelling down. It does help but the swelling usually comes back

    • ANSWER:
      Bathe the area in previously boiled hot salty water. She should help any infection.

  2. QUESTION:
    My wife had a pedicure yesterday and woke up this morning to a swollen, red toe!?
    She just went to the doctor and he confirmed that her toe has an infection, most likely due to the pedicure. Should she go back to the nail place and demand her money back? I'm thinking refund the cost of the pedicure PLUS out of pocket expenses for the doctor's visit and prescription. I don't think that's unreasonable at all.

    Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think it is the person that gave the pedicure who is at fault. They could not know your wife might have a reaction to the pedicure... Unless the doctor can say this problem was directly caused by something the person did wrong rather it just being some kind of reaction then I don't think you can do anything about it...You can always call the place and see what they have to say about this matter...

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the causes of a red/swollen portion of a toe, near the nail?
    My big toe on the right foot has a swollen portion, near where the nail and skin meets. It flares up every now and then and does not seem to correlate with getting a pedicure or my nails cut. What could be causing this, my toe rubbing up against my shoe or infection? What should I do to fix it?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Could be the type of shoes you wear. The top of the red area could be rubbing up against thread fibers that can harden overtime. If it turns into a bubble, then watch out-could be athlete's foot.

  4. QUESTION:
    Toe Experts. Preferably medical minded ie Diploma. Pain swollen infection.?
    My toe is red painful, and slightly puffy around the left side of my big toe. I'm pretty sure its an infection. I can walk on it with fairly little pain and only when I apply pressure does it really hurt. Should I go see my doctor? I was going to wait a few a days and if it persists do just that.

    I'm just looking for some second opinions... maybe the off chance of finding a doctor on here.

    It is only on the left side of my big toe, the skin looks rounded in, like something is underneath it, I did recently bite my nails which I hear can let in bacteria. And it is red and swollen like I mentioned before.

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  5. QUESTION:
    The skin around my toe is a little red and swollen. How do I prevent infection?
    Sorry meant to say stubbed my toe while it was healing. Typo..
    If the skin is swollen does this mean it is already infected? I have had two hang nail infections in one year. I don't know what is going on. I had to stop wearing closed shoes during the Summer b/c of it. The nurse just cut half of my toenail to get rid of my second infection last Feb and then I stub my toe while it was healing. I figure the bacteria attacked during that time. Anyway, I need help b/c these medical bills are no joke. Home remedies or suggestions please?

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  6. QUESTION:
    After a pedicure, my toes have become swollen, red, and very itchy. What kind of infection is it...?
    and please provide a list of symptoms for the disease.

    • ANSWER:
      If it happened right after the pedicure than it's probably an allergic reaction as stated above. Try taking Benadry by mouth and apply hydrocortisone cream on the toes. If it took a couple of days it may be a fungal infection in which case you should try Lamisil cream. But with the swelling it sounds like an allergic reaction.

  7. QUESTION:
    My toes are red, swollen and itchy..What is wrong with them?
    My second toe and my pinky toe are red and slightly swollen. They're really itchy and they're super sensitive. If i lightly bumb my third toe against something it wont hurt but if i bumb one of the swollen ones it hurts like hell. Whats wrong? Is it an infection? Foot fungus? Any ideas and any solutions to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like ordinary athlete's foot. Try a spray or powder from the drugstore. If it doesn't go away, doctor.

      If you can't make it to the drugstore, once, when I had a foot infection, my doctor told me to soak it in clorox for 10 minutes. I thought that would burn bare skin, but it worked. I don't know if that would kill athlete's foot fungus, though.

  8. QUESTION:
    What will a docotor do for a toe infection?
    My toe infection is really its red and my foot is all swollen , and it is extremly painful. What will a docotor do if I go ? Also I am extremly scared if I'll get of drained or surgery on my foot!

    • ANSWER:
      He will probably give you some kind of lotion to numb the pain then he will see if its any better after one week and if it isn't you will probably need surgery.

  9. QUESTION:
    Ant bite on toe - no blister formed - red & swollen
    I get ant bites frequently as I live in the country. A blister forms, I prick it and apply neosporin, and it heals quickly. This time, it was a very small brown ant. No blister formed, but my toe is now swollen, red, and hurts a lot. I used hyd peroxide, soaked in epsom salts, and put ichthamol on it to draw out the infection (3 days now). So far, nothing I've done has helped. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      brufen 400 thrice dailly ,

  10. QUESTION:
    Toe Infection?
    The outer sides of both my Big Toes are swollen, red, and the skin is shiny from the pressure. They arent huge or anything, just a little swollen. VERY sore! :( Hurts when they touch or hit anything, even just folding my legs and they brush against my legs causes them to hurt even more! It is odd, I think it might be an infection. This is the gross part! (If i touch them like look at it, i can tell there is puss underneath, and i was told the color of puss can determine if its an infection or not. Its yellow/green puss. So What should I do? Yeah go to the doctor. But is there anything else? I dont really want to go to the doctor :P
    Oh and no ingrown toe nails, they arent stuck under the skin, i can pull out the corners just fine. Not stuck in there i did check i am always worried about that kind of thing.
    hrmmm ok now that i know that! lol i havent had much experience with this. my shoes are 3 months old or so. I cant remember when this started maybe 2 months ago! LOL so the shoes could be the case but they are soo comfy and all leather, and my feet never hurt or sweat in them. and i always wear socks with my shoes. So maybe my shoes?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like ingrown toenails,, hurts and you can gut it up and dig them out but thats hard to do, at the drug store they sell a balm that make a callous over the ingrown toenail, then it wont hurt when you dig them suckers out... the best way tho, is Yeah you know , go to the doctor and let them handle this... and if its red, swollen,and anykind of puss , its infected.

  11. QUESTION:
    my toe is red and swollen?
    like i have an ingrown toenail but i dont! could it be an infection? how do i make it go away?

    • ANSWER:
      You could have a localized infection or cellulitis. Try warm cmopresses and soaking the foot in warm water to relieve pain and swelling. You could add some Epsom salts to the water. Keep the foot clean and elevated. If it gets worse see a doctor as it could be an infection or gout or who knows. Try treating it yourself for a day and then see what happens.

  12. QUESTION:
    I have an infection in my toe from where I had removed an ingrown toe nail how can I treat it at home?
    Its horribly painful and pus has been coming out on occasion how can I treat this at home the side of my toe is swollen, red and has sharp pain

    • ANSWER:
      You need to draw the infection out using a poultice. Here's 2 methods: one from a fancy website and the other courtesy of my mother (tried and tested by me more than once).

      "Bread and Milk poultice - These work very well for infections and boils. Simply heat milk and add a bit of bread, wrap in gauze or cheese cloth and place on cut or wound. Use as hot as you can stand it. Repeat a few times a day as long as necessary. It works pretty fast and often much better than over the counter products."

      Read more: http://www.healing-from-home-remedies.com/make-a-poultice.html#ixzz1TQt7hXHU

      You can also use hot water instead of milk - put a slice of bread in a bowl and pour hot water (as hot as possible) on it. For the dressing, use an old clean sock (those odd socks came in handy sometimes) and cut it up as needed. Cut a thin long strip of sock to use to tie it off. Place a small bit of the bread against your toe and let it mold to your toe for a min, pressing it gently in place. Cover with the 'sock-bandage' and secure. Do this in the evening or at night before bed - might want to put another sock on over it to help keep the bandage in place. In the morning, remove, clean and put a bandaid on it to keep it clean during the day and repeat the poultice again at night; with a fresh bit of bread and a fresh 'sock-bandage' (very technical term lol) . If you can repeat the poultice a few times a day then so much the better but if not just keep the area clean and protected during the day.

      When you remove the poultice you will notice the bread has hardened and discolored - this is good, this is the infection being drawn out. You may need to do this a few times before it's healed but this method will work. I've had a couple of nasty cuts get infected before (on my finger, but I'm sure this method will work on a toe too) and my mother taught me this. Its not very pleasant but it works! And it works using things that you already have around the house. One thing though, it's very important that the water/bread is as hot as you can stand it - almost boiling but not so much so that it will burn you. Once you've put the bread against the cut, hold it in place and don't take it away. Hold it for a min before wrapping it. I know its messy but it really does work.

      Best of luck! Hope you feel better soon

  13. QUESTION:
    When to seek treatment for a toe infection?
    My little toe has a cut on the bottom, and I think it may be getting infected. It is slightly swollen and red, and it hurts. My foot is hurting, but I don't know if that's related. Should I just keep putting antibiotic ointment on it and see if it gets better? When should I see a doctor about it?

    • ANSWER:
      go to your doctor now as it may suggests ingrown toenails . for a possible excision .

  14. QUESTION:
    my 10 year old son recently broke his big toe but didnt rest it properly. Is now red and swollen but I cant?
    tell if its because its broken or because its becoming infected. I have been giving him ibuprofen and having him soak his foot in salt water. Whats my next step as far as treating possilble infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Clara P is correct about contacting a Doctor. You should also check the following website for side effects of ibuprofen. http://www.drugs.com/sfx/ibuprofen-side-effects.html

  15. QUESTION:
    why is my big toe swollen? for no reason?
    my big toe is red and swollen on the right side of my toe, it is very very painful. i don't remember hurting it in anyway, it has been like this for days now,i see a white spot on the red area of it, what is this? could it be an infection? i can not walk straight anymore, but i'm limping. it's so bad that the whole area from the right knee to the toes hurt bad, just because of that one toe...what is it? please help

    • ANSWER:
      Gout owuld be my first choice as this is the joint that it most frequently affects. Usually it will cause redness, swelling and a great deal of pain. You doctor can run some simple blood test to determine if it is gout and there are medications to treat this condition as well as some diet modifications. Becasue you have the white spot, which is not normally seen with gout, I would question whther or not you have an infection. Most infections of the skin are cuased by staphylococcus and some infections of the skin can develop under the outer layer of skin and form a type of abcess. If this is the case then you need some antibiotics to treat it. Either way I would recommend a trip to the doctor to get the correct diagnosis and medications. Don't wait too long because if it is infection it could get into your blood and cause sepsis.

  16. QUESTION:
    Toe infection?
    Yesterday my big toe (it;s inbetween the nail and the skin/cuticle on the outside corner) has begun to develop some green puss underneath the skin. My toe is very warm, red swollen, and tender. I have been putting my foot in warm salt water, and applying neosproin, and the puss is draining, but more just keeps forming. I have no idea what could have caused it. What else can I do to help relive the pain, and get it to go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Rub some alchohol on it and then use some dissolved epsom salts in warm water. Cut your nail, because it's probably ingrown If it doesn't get any better, then you can see a dotor.

      To prevent tenderness put a corn cushion on it and cover with a band aid. (corn cushions are very useful, believe me. I use them to prevent blisters when ice skating!) Note: corn cushions are circular foam pads applied onto the foot / corn, but they work for cushioning pretty much anything.

      Don't go ice skating with it! : P

      Hope this helps!

  17. QUESTION:
    I've had a toe infection for 9 months and been to many doctors, no one agrees on a diagnose. help.?
    The infection started behind my toenail, toe was removed and the podiatrist told me that everything will be fine. But the area behind the toe still looks swollen and red and it gets infected once in a while. When I take an antibiotic, the infection will go down but never completely. Now one doctor thinks I have a bone infection and another one disagree because my blood work doesn't show an infection. He wants to do a soft tissue biosy. Another podiatrist wants to remove my toe again. I'm so confused and frustrated, don't know who I should listen to!! help1

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  18. QUESTION:
    My toe got extremely itchy a week ago NOW THEYRE WORSE. PURPLE swollen red?
    A few weeks ago my toe on my right food had swollen and gone completely red. I put some Dettol cream for insect bites and stuff like that to prevent infection and reinfection but it made it itchier. showering helped - washing the cream off. Then it disappeared. it seemed to have its days! i went to the doctor, she said i couldve been bitten. no medicine was given.

    i think the fact that i must wear stockings 4 days a week and socks one day a week irritated it further. it got SO itchy i stuck my foot in a sink and scratched it with a supposedly clean toothbrush (i know it was dumb, but it was relieving at the time... don't criticize please :( !!)
    its really itchy... now its returned but its spread to a surrounding toe (mind you, this is the 3RD toe, THE MIDDLE ONE) and on the other foot its spread somehow!!!!!

    NOW ITS PURPLE... whats happening?
    im seeing a doctor tomorrow. i hope its not to do with circulation and has to get amputated!
    i dont smoke so its not some foot disease so i dont understand why its purple and incredibly itchy.

    • ANSWER:
      it's really bad because the circulation might stop

  19. QUESTION:
    Toe infection ... Emergency doctors appointment or not!?
    Sorry i know this sounds pretty disgusting...

    I have an infection on my big toe by the side of the nail on the skin. It's red, swollen and now noticed pus too!

    So should I book up an emergency appointment with doctors or wait three weeks for a regular appointment?!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not going to second the Bob Marley anecdote... an infection on your toe is highly unlikely to put you in mortal danger.

      That being said, infections on the toe (yours sounds like an ingrown toenail) are exceedingly painful and I would NOT want to wait three weeks. Make the emergency appointment so that you can walk around in peace.

  20. QUESTION:
    Infection in the toe..?
    A relative of mine has had an infection in her toe/toe nail for about 3-4 month her toes all red and swollen now shes been to the doctors several times now getting all sorts of creams and tablets to try and clear it. The last time she went they says the hospital wont do anything until the infection has gone and now its starting to to smell what could this mean...?

    • ANSWER:
      If it is red and swollen then it is most certainly infected, this may be due to an ingrowing toenail or another break in the skin. The only way to clear the infection is with antibiotics. The smell is typical of an infection.
      Once the antibiotics clear the infection then some medical treatment can be done to the toe. Nothing can be done while it is still infected because the hospital staff risk making the infection worse if they go cutting into the toe or nail, particularly as they may deepen the infection. Secondly the infection alters the ph level of the tissues in the toe and so if a local anaesthetic is required it will not work very well.

      Your friend needs to wait for the antibiotics to clear the infection, which they will, it just takes the right ones and a bit of time.

      If your friend is diabetic or an older person then there may be more cause to worry. If this is the case or the doctor doesn't seem to be getting anywhere then I would recommend seeing a podiatrist who specialise in foot problems.

  21. QUESTION:
    Toe infection during pregnancy!!!?
    I'm 28 weeks pregnant and have had ingrown toenails for years and years. Now that I'm pregnant and my feet are swollen, I have my big right toe that's ingrown and is pretty red and sore. I'm on antibiotics to help the infection but it's not being cured 100%. I was wondering if anyone else has had an ingrown toenail with a slight infection while pregnant?
    I'm really concerned that it could hurt the baby. I only have 3 more months to go. Can I wait to get it surgically fixed until the baby is born? Please help me.
    My toe isn't purple and falling off lol, it's just a little red and swollen.

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  22. QUESTION:
    My toes are swollen and red what do I do?!?
    My big, middle and pinkie toe on my left foot are red and swollen. They also hurt sometimes. And on my right foot the big and pinkie toe are swollen and red. I'm scared becasue I really don't like infections. I thought it had something to do with a pair of shoes I wore that were too small, but that was last week sometime. So any suggestions would be wonderful! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      buy bigger shoes and get some gold bonds powder cause it sounds like you got athlete's foot

  23. QUESTION:
    I have an infected toe, does soaking it in salt water help draw out the infection?
    I once heard this and was wondering if anyone else has. Its all red, lil swollen and sore on the top by the beginning of the toe nail. Any suggestions on how to fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      Get Triple Antibiotic salve from the drugstore and use it liberally on the infected area. Don't take an infection lightly. Watch out for red lines leading upward from the infected toe.
      Just this past week, a Brazilian 20 year old model died a horrific death from what started out as a minor infection and became systemic.

  24. QUESTION:
    Do I have a toe infection?
    Ok well I am 13,and my toe has been hurting like crazy!
    I don't have an ingrown,but it is red a swollen on the left side of my big toe on my left foot!
    It hurts to bad to even touch it!
    And it had been like this for about 3 weeks!
    No puss comes out or anything I dont know whats wrong with it!
    And I did no hit it on anything!

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  25. QUESTION:
    Infection in toe, could this be paronychia?
    I have had a infection in my big toe on my right foot for a couple of weeks now. I went to the doctors and they gave me some Fucidin cream, but it isn't really working. I did some research and found a page on wikipedia for Paronychia. I read through it and I found that I had similar symptoms. The right side of my toe is swollen, its a little warmer than the rest of my toe its red but the thing is it does not hurtor throb. There is also some pus that discharges from the wound every now and then. Could this be Paronychia

    • ANSWER:
      Rather than trying to self diagnose, go to a podiatrist, not a regular doctor. A podiatrist is much better at feet than a regular doctor.

  26. QUESTION:
    My foot is swollen, hot, red, and has huge blisters on the one toe. Blisters are spreading. It is soooo itchy
    I had the same problem last year and was told it was a fungal infection, but the cream didn't help. Then was told it was an allergic reaction to something, but pills and cream didn't help. Then was told it was a bacterial infection and given pills and a steriod cream. Didn't help. Was put on prednisone, but even that didn't help. It finally went away on its own, but is back with a vengeance this year.

    • ANSWER:
      try some athelets feet cream if it burns n worsens then go see ur family doctor. sounds like foot demititis .easily cured

  27. QUESTION:
    Possible Infection? Red and warm to the touch.?
    The other day I was walking out of my kitchen and stubbed my toe. It immediately started bleeding and was throbbing. I cleaned it and put a band-aid on it, which I would change daily after I would take a shower. This being about 5-6 days ago, it's swollen and red now all around my big toe. It's very tender and warm to the touch. I was in so much pain last night that I could hardly sleep. It felt like a constant throbbing. There was a bit of yellow stuff coming out of the side of it when I put pressure on it.

    Any idea of what it may be? Could it be an infection?

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  28. QUESTION:
    One of my pet rats has a red swolen toe...?
    I just noticed it today, one of the toes on his back foot is really red and swollen! It looks like a possible infection, and very painful! He's very nervous and squirmy, so I can't get a very good look at it. What should I do? I can't afford to take him to a vet right now.
    Ok Im reposting because because the only answers I got were "bumblefoot" and that is NOT what it is, it's not the bottom of the toe it's the entire toe...and they have never been in a wire bottomed cage. What else could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      If it's not bumblefoot, it could just be an injury that he sustained somehow. For example, he could have been in a fight with the other rats, or he could have caught his toenail on something, etc.

      If you can't afford to take him to the vet, I would put Neosporin or something similar on the wound until it's healed. It's completely safe for rats, and has the same healing effects as it does on humans.

      Best of luck with your ratty.

  29. QUESTION:
    Itchy swollen toes, not athlete's foot?
    Okay it started on my left foot my second toe is swollen, red, and itchy, and not it seems to be the same starting on another toe on right foot. I don't believe its Athlete's foot, but recently a pipe busted in my house, and I ran down the stairs to step in an inch of dirty water all over my living room. My feet are insanely itchy, does anyone think this may be an infection, or what? My toe nails look fine it is just the skin.
    and now* sorry

    • ANSWER:
      When I had athletes foot it just got scaly and itchy. You may have something that needs looking at.
      peace.....................msspelled

  30. QUESTION:
    Toe infection- green pus gone, now black? update?
    I posted this question earlier and got some very scary responses. I thought this time I'd include some photos...I don't know if this tells anything extra but I thought I'd try it. I guess I'm reluctant to go to my doctor again because due to a couple other issues he thinks I'm a hypochondriac and I don't want to solidify that opinion.

    Anyhow, the original question was about my middle toe- it had a minor infection recently. The skin around the toenail on one side was kinda red and slightly swollen, and if you pushed on it a little, a bit of green pus would come out. This went away, and now a small area under the nail, as well as some surrounding flesh, looks black. And it hurts a little if you push on it. I was wondering if it was anything serious.

    I took a couple pictures of the toe, posted here:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/wackeddout/UntitledAlbum#5333196261119030690

    My camera isn't that good at closeups, this was the best I could do.

    I called ask-a-nurse, they said I should probably see a doctor but they didn't seem extremely concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      -Sterilize a needle (fire would be fine)
      -Open up the wound with the needle
      -Squeeze out the puss until no more comes out
      -Get a cereal bowl and put a good amount of peroxide or rubbing alcohol (peroxide would hurt less) in it
      -Sock your toe in it, for a long while (at least an hour), then you can take a break, but keep going back to it. Don't stop doing it until the infection (pain) is gone. In between socking it, put neospauren on it and rap the dip really well in bandaids (so nothing gets in), or the infection gets much worse.

      Sometimes you need to kind of hold open the cut by pushing down and a little forward, so more peroxide gets in there. It will really hurt at first, but then it dulls out. Clear this now, or it will get much worse. Let me know how it turns out.

      That black bit, I am sure is blood, so don't worry.

  31. QUESTION:
    Red toes that hurt when pressure is applied?
    I've had this problem for a while now. The left side of my right toe is always somewhat red, but NOT swollen. The region feels no pain when I walk or when doing other exercises (e.g. jump, jogging...etc). The toe only feels pain when the pressure is applied solely on the left portion of the toe or toenail.

    I've checked for ingrown toenail but it doesn't seem to fit. However, I have discovered some "white flakes" of skin(?) surrounding the left edge of the toenail when I started picking the area with a sterilized needle. I picked out these flakes and some seem to indicate that they come from under the toenail.

    I'm curious as to what's happening. It appears to be definitely not ingrown toenails, perhaps infections? This has occurred for a long time (i.e. years), but since as I mentioned earlier, it does not affect normal walking or exercising, I've ignored it all that time. So, maybe repeated infections? But then again, there are no swollen areas, callus, or anything indicating that there is an infection.

    My toes are just red, and hurts when force are applied to that specific area.

    Would appreciate any help to offer insights into this matter.

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like athletes foot (tinea) you can buy a powder from the chemist's(drug store) to treat it, if it is really bad a doc can prescribe you cortizone cream that will fix it up.

  32. QUESTION:
    i think i have an infection in my toe?
    ok so i am pretty sure that i had an ingrown toe nail so i decided to take it out myself and it hurt like hell. so tonight i soaked my foot in epsom salt and took a look at my toe. i went to squeeze the toe and it hurt so bad and puss or some sort of liquid starting oozing out and it smelled real bad. i don't have health insurance because work dropped it on me. so does this sound like an infection from trying to get the nail out? its also red and a little swollen.

    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Seems like an infection. Clean it really well with peroxide and than put neosporin on it. Put a ban- aid on it but don't put it too tight .The peroxide will bubble up many times and turn the area around the toe white. The bubbling should stop bubbling a lot but will eventually slowdown.

  33. QUESTION:
    what do i do when my toe nail is coming off and is full of pus?
    i injured my big toe and now almost my entire nail is not connected to my skin. do i try and save the nail and bandage it down? or should i just cut it down and clean it? it is leaking alot of pus. what the best way to clean it? its also red and the whole toe is swollen. it that due to an infection or because it just happened 3 days ago? it hurts very very bad! please tell me what to do.

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  34. QUESTION:
    Red Itchy toe. Do i have a spider bite?
    My left middle toe has been red, itchy, and swollen for a little more than two weeks. Today it has a blackish tint but it's very light and doesnt show in pictures. The doctor gave me some pills in case of infection a few days ago. i havent had the whole bottle yet but it doesnt seem to help. It also hurts when i press on it but i havent dropped anything on it or hit it that i know of. The only spider i know for sure the name of that i have in my house are wolf spiders but there are others.

    • ANSWER:
      You could possibly have a spider bite. It is very difficult to tell any specific bug bite by the appearance of the bite alone, though these sites have pictures of different bug bites and may help you.

      http://www.webmd.com/allergies/slideshow-bad-bugs
      http://www.badspiderbites.com/spider-bite-pictures/

      I would recommend you soak your foot in hot water with epsom salts in it. That will help with drawing out any infection that might be in your toe and will help with healing.

      If this is not better when you have finished the antibiotics you need to go back to the doctor again. The very fact that s/he gave you antibiotics suggests that s/he thinks there could be infection.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does this look like a toe infection?
    http://i53.tinypic.com/rl9eh5.jpg

    I have had it for about a year. I dropped a weight on my toe and got a ingrown toenail but stubbornly kept working out on it and played basketball etc...At first it was painful and was oozing green stuff and bleeding. Then the whole nail turned black and I ripped it off. I didnt take care of it and the past 5 months the symptoms I have are anxiety,blurry vision, muscle aches, muddled thinking, cant focus. I think it could be from this? Any opinions should I go to the doctor? Now its yellow and theres like red swelling beneath it, also I have shooting pains in my foot that are on and off.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    is this a toe infection?
    http://i53.tinypic.com/rl9eh5.jpg

    I have had it for about a year. I dropped a weight on my toe and got a ingrown toenail but stubbornly kept working out on it and played basketball etc...At first it was painful and was oozing green stuff and bleeding. Then the whole nail turned black and I ripped it off. I didnt take care of it and the past 5 months the symptoms I have are anxiety,blurry vision, muscle aches, muddled thinking, cant focus. I think it could be from this? Any opinions should I go to the doctor? Now its yellow and theres like red swelling beneath it, also I have shooting pains in my foot that are on and off.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm quite sure that it is a toenail fungus. There are tons of remedies available in the market today, but it is quite tricky to find the best one out there. I suggest you use remedies like tea tree oil or oregano oil. These are one of the best cures when it comes to treating toenail fungus.

  37. QUESTION:
    I think I have a toe infection..Urgent?
    http://i53.tinypic.com/rl9eh5.jpg

    I have had it for about a year. I dropped a weight on my toe and got a ingrown toenail but stubbornly kept working out on it and played basketball etc...At first it was painful and was oozing green stuff and bleeding. Then the whole nail turned black and I ripped it off. I didnt take care of it and the past 5 months the symptoms I have are anxiety,blurry vision, muscle aches, muddled thinking, cant focus. I think it could be from this? Any opinions should I go to the doctor? Now its yellow and theres like red swelling beneath it, also I have shooting pains in my foot that are on and off.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you need to go to the Dr.

  38. QUESTION:
    does this look like a toe infection? Help Thank You!!?
    http://i53.tinypic.com/rl9eh5.jpg

    I have had it for about a year. I dropped a weight on my toe and got a ingrown toenail but stubbornly kept working out on it and played basketball etc...At first it was painful and was oozing green stuff and bleeding. Then the whole nail turned black and I ripped it off. I didnt take care of it and the past 5 months the symptoms I have are anxiety,blurry vision, muscle aches, muddled thinking, cant focus. I think it could be from this? Any opinions should I go to the doctor? Now its yellow and theres like red swelling beneath it, also I have shooting pains in my foot that are on and off.

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Infection? Red and Warm to the touch!?
    Rough a week ago, I was walking out of my kitchen and stubbed my toe. It immediately started bleeding and was throbbing. I cleaned it and put a band-aid on it, which I would change daily after I would take a shower. This being about a week ago, it's swollen and red now all around my big toe. It's very tender and warm to the touch. I was in so much pain last night that I could hardly sleep. It felt like a constant throbbing. There was a bit of yellow stuff coming out of the side of it when I put pressure on it.

    Any recommendations?

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Major Infection? Red, Warm to touch and sensitive.?
    The other day I was walking out of my kitchen and stubbed my toe. It immediately started bleeding and was throbbing. I cleaned it and put a band-aid on it, which I would change daily after I would take a shower. This being about 4-5 days ago, it's swollen and red now all around my big toe. It's very tender and warm to the touch. I was in so much pain last night that I could hardly sleep. It felt like a constant throbbing. There was a bit of yellow stuff coming out of the side of it when I put pressure on it.

    Any recommendations?

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like your toe is infected. Try cleaning it with some peroxide and some antibiotic ointment.

  41. QUESTION:
    Major Infection? Red, Warm to touch and Sensitive.?
    The other day I was walking out of my kitchen and stubbed my toe. It immediately started bleeding and was throbbing. I cleaned it and put a band-aid on it, which I would change daily after I would take a shower. This being about 4-5 days ago, it's swollen and red now all around my big toe. It's very tender and warm to the touch. I was in so much pain last night that I could hardly sleep. It felt like a constant throbbing. There was a bit of yellow stuff coming out of the side of it when I put pressure on it.

    Any recommendations?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the doctor??

  42. QUESTION:
    recently had a staph infection on my foot which healed, now i have an ithchy red watery bump.what is it?
    the staph inf/ was very serius required a week in the hospital, after healing my foot has alot of scar damage around the toes and my foot stays swollen, recently a red bump showed up on a scard toe bright red and itches and sometimes drains water..

    • ANSWER:
      yea it definetely came back there are often reocurrences
      go to ur doctor so they can catch it early

  43. QUESTION:
    which infection does my toe have?
    my toe that hurts is the second one in, and the 3rd one a little. it is a little swollen, red, and painfel when i touch it, kind of sting/ burn. it doesnt hurt all of the tome, but mostly after im done walkind, i may hace hit it while walking, but idk..what can i do other than go to the doctor, what do i have?? anyone else experience this?

    • ANSWER:
      That sounds a lot like what I had. It turned out to be the Strep Throat infection in my toe. lol I have no idea how it got there. lol I'm not even joking, it took it months to go away. lol

  44. QUESTION:
    INfection?
    I had a ingrown toe nail that I messed with turned to a hangnail slash mutilated cuticle. I think it is infected, Ie red inflamed, and swollen all the way to my big toe knuckle. Just wondering if antibiotic oint will cure an infection in the works

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a podatrist and have him/her take care of it. It sounds pretty nasty right now to deal with it yourself.

  45. QUESTION:
    Swollen bruised toe, please help?
    Hi,

    Well I've had an infection in my foot for like two years or something, I think it was an ingrown nail. Well, i cut my nails on sunday night, and kinda tore the side of my nail and now its like a purply red and really swollen and i have to walk on the side of my foot and when it feels like theres blood rushing into my toe i have to sit down. Also, the skin just above my nail is really tight and feels bruised. Is there something seriously wrong? And is there any way too cure it at home, and make the swelling or something go down? Thanks in advance! :-) Sorry its a little long!

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    medical question! red, swollen, hard, hot leg w/ black toes.....?
    my uncle who is in a nursing home hit his leg right below the knee. it didnt break the skin or anything it just bruised it extremely bad. well an infection set in and they have him on antibiotics and plavix but i dont think its working, his leg is very swollen and hard. very red and hot feeling. and his toes and foot are turning black. why do you think this is?

    the nurses at the nursing home dont seem to give a crap about it and said "plavix causes bruising" and i know it does but this isnt bruising i dont think. black foot and toes. im scared i know the answer to this....is gain green setting in?
    oh is that how you spell it? i had no idea....

    • ANSWER:
      Gangrene would be my guess also. I know what nursing homes are like.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are these things on my toe nails?
    Prepare to be grossed out if your eating anything.
    I get these frequent infections on my big toes. Its often on the right foot but sometimes its both. Anyway on the big toe, where the nail meets the skin, it gets red, swollen, sometimes pus filled. It crusts over and gets very painful. It even makes me walk funny from time to time. What wrong with them?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you may have a nail fungus. A dermatologist can do a scraping of your toenails and grow a culture to find out what is causing it. There is a product over the counter called Nony X that will clear it up if it is a fungus. It is a gel applied to the nail twice daily. But, if your problem comes and goes it might be something else. I would have it checked out to make sure what it is before treating it if that is the case. Good luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    help me diagnose my toe infection?
    About 2 and a half weeks ago, a mid-sized guy stepped on my bare, big foot toe while i was dancing at prom. I thought nothing of it at the time, but it was sore and looked to be swelling. Lately, I've noticed that it's become very crusty, yellowing, and there's a huge red bump underneath the toe nail. Today, I decided to clean out my toe nail of all the dried blood and dirt and such. Yet, now it randomly leaks some sort of liquid.
    Can anyone help me out here? Am I in need of medical attention?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like an ingrown toenail.You have to cut the nail where it is digging into the corner of the toe.A doctor could cut it for you.It happened to me a few times.The docter cut it and pulled the piece of nail out that was going under the skin.The next time I did the same thing the docter did and fixed it myself.Let the docter do it if you can.

  49. QUESTION:
    Infection on big toe -- when is it time to go to doctor?
    I got bit/stung/stuck by something Saturday when I was weeding my garden next to my big toe. Since Monday, I have been soaking it in epsom salts & then applying hydrogen peroxide in an attempt to stop the infection.

    Today, the entire right side of my toe all the way to my foot is swollen, white, and red. It probably was a sticker/torn or possibly an insect, but there is nothing sticking out of it or in it that I can see.

    How long should I treat this myself rather than go to the doctor? It is very painful and it is hard to wear shoes. My daughter stepped on it, and I screamed it hurt so bad, but I work 12 hours a day and it would be very hard to get to the doctor.

    Anything else I can do at home?

    Is it time to go to the doctor? If so, should I see a foot specialist or just my family doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it's time to go to the doc. Take some ibuprofen and apply neosporin plus pain relief on the bite. Just go to your regular doctor. I worked for a podiatrist for a while....I don't think you need to go to a podiatrist just yet. Also apply ice to the area no more than 15 minutes at a time maybe four, six times a day. But I think you should go to the doctor....you don't want it to turn into cellulitis.

  50. QUESTION:
    Major Infection? Very Painful, Red, Warm to touch.?
    The other day I was walking out of my kitchen and stubbed my toe. It immediately started bleeding and was throbbing. I cleaned it and put a band-aid on it, which I would change daily after I would take a shower. This being about 4-5 days ago, it's swollen and red now all around my big toe. It's very tender and warm to the touch. I was in so much pain last night that I could hardly sleep. It felt like a constant throbbing. Now there is yellow stuff coming out of the side when I put pressure on it.

    Any recommendations?

    • ANSWER:
      Try going to the doctor