How do you treat an infected toenail after removal?
We like the over-the-counter (nonprescription) antibiotic ointment Mycitracin Plus because of the numbing medication mixed in with the antibiotic. You may shower the day after the surgery. Gently dry the area and apply antibiotic ointment after showering. Avoid baths, swimming, or soaking the toe for the next 2 weeks.
How do I know if my toenail is infected after removal?
You might have an infected toe if you notice:
- Soreness or pain.
- A pus-filled blister, or pus that drains from your toe.
- Cracked, thickened, yellow toenails (from a fungal infection)
How do I know if my toe is infected after ingrown toenail surgery?
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail infection
- redness or hardening of the skin around the nail.
- pain when touched.
- pressure under the nail.
- build-up or oozing of fluid.
- foul smell.
What should I look for after toenail removal?
- Wash around the wound with water twice daily, as directed.
- Keep the toe covered with a thin layer of petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment, as recommended, and a nonstick bandage during the first week.
- Remove the bandage when you sleep, beginning in the second week post-surgery, to promote healing.
Will infected toe heal itself?
Will an Infected Toe Heal Itself? An infection can sometimes go away on its own, but it may need treatment. If you have diabetes, and redness and swelling don’t go away or have painful joints or muscles, you should see your doctor.
How long does it take for an infected toe to heal?
If after 2 to 3 days of antibiotics the toenail doesn’t get better or gets worse, part of the nail may need to be removed to drain the infection. With treatment, it can take 1 to 2 weeks to clear up completely.
How long does it take a toe to heal after toenail removal?
Taking good care of your wound at home will help it heal quickly and reduce your chance of infection. The wound should heal within a few weeks. If completely removed, fingernails may take 6 months to grow back. Toenails may take 12 to 18 months to grow back.
How long do I soak my toe after nail removal?
Soak for 10-15 minutes two times a day until no further drainage is noted and the skin is normal in color, apply Neosporin or a topical triple antibiotic ointment. Cover the toe with a Band-Aid when wearing shoes. Otherwise, let air get to toes. Follow up in 7-10 days.
Should you squeeze pus out of an infected toe?
Do not try to use a needle to drain the pus from your toe. This could make the infection worse. While your ingrown toenail is healing, wear comfortable shoes or sandals that do not press on your toe.
Is it normal for my toe to hurt after ingrown toenail removal?
Since the surgery is carried out under a local anaesthetic, the patients do not experience any pain during the procedure. However, when the anaesthesia wears off after the surgery, patients often experience some level of soreness around the toe that underwent surgery.
What does an infected ingrown toenail look like?
At first, the skin next to the nail may be tender, swollen, or hard. The nail may feel painful in response to pressure, and there may be inflamed and overgrown skin at the tip of the toe. The ingrowing toenail may also leak blood and white or yellow pus. Fluid may also build up in the area.