Infection after removing ingrown toenail at home.

by Darzelia
(Illinios, U.S)

local infection with an ingrown toenail

local infection with an ingrown toenail

I removed my ingrown toenail and after wards it didn't hurt. But then the next day I had a really small bubbly red and white/yellow blob on the left side where my ingrown toenail was. I want to get rid of it myself so what do I do? Do I use tweasers and pull on the blob or what?

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Hi.

What you have there is a localized infection. It has occurred from 2 possible reasons:

1- when you pulled the nail out it ripped the skin causing bacteria to jump into the area

2- you still have some nail left in there.

Now looking at your toe it seems that the nail is wider than the actual nail. So if this ingrown toenail is your first then there is a greater chance of you having them in the future especially if you cut those nails too short, drop something on them or cause the nail to easily aggravate the skin.

So it might be that a small spike of nail is present, or that the nail now has been aggravated and you need it professionally removed.

Either way, home treatments can make the matter worse because you just can not see how much nail there is left to remove. Also if there is a spike present, ripping the nail will cause more spikes- which will be fine in the very short term, but hurt later on (also ripping your nail hurts).

Bathe that toe in warm salt water for no longer than 2 mins, pat dry and then put a clean sterile dressing on the toe. This will keep the infection down and hopefully slow down its progress.

Go to a certified Chiropodist/ Podiatrist and ask them to remove the spike/ check for more spikes.

If it is a one off ingrown toenail, then that is all the treatment that you would need, no removal of the sides of the toenail.

All the best.

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