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ask: How do I cure my toe infection?

By Anonymous

First of all, i do not even now what the problem is with my toe but the first time it all started was when i pulled a little of my skin and than my toe started bleeding but i did not do anything about it so than its slowly got infected until i started limping and than someone stepped on it really hard until i started to have huge problems. I went to the hospital, and they told me to make a bath with water and betadine for my toe for 10 min and than put betadine cream and cover it up and i could not do any sports for a long time and used extra opened shoes so that closed shoes would not put pressure on my foot. It got much better after 2 weeks and it did not even hurt anymore. Sadly, i did not know that this had to last so long, the curing, so i started wearing closed shoes without socks again and played tennis again and so my toe was awful again. I tried doing the same curing i did before, but now 3 weeks have passed and it is not getting any better and it really hurts.. Can you please tell me what to do, do you have any other ideas? Please, i am suffering so much from this toe..

Thank you so much,
Delina

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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hi Anonymous,

Glad to hear that you will be visiting your physician. We are very limited by communicating over the internet. I cannot see your toe. I don't know your medical history. I can only give you general health informationn or suggestions.

Maryann

April 23, 2012 - 5:56pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello Delina,

Is your affected toe red, swollen and warm to the touch? Are you noticing any discharge from the affected toe?

I am guessing that the first infection was never completely cured. You may have an underlying vascular condition that is preventing healing of your toe. Wearing closed toe shoes without socks could have caused bacteria to grow and exacerbated the infection.

I suggest that you consult your primary care physician. You may need a prescription for an antibiotic. You need to soak your affected toe in a bath of warm water and Epsom salts at least twice a day.

A proper physical examination by a physician and a recommendation for a treatment plan may be the way to stop your suffering.

Maryann

April 20, 2012 - 4:27pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

I do think that my toe never completely cured at the first time so it probably continued getting worse. My toe is a little swollen and red but it is not warm when i touch it. I will visit a physician and see what happens.

Thank you so much,
Delina

April 23, 2012 - 1:58pm
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