Infection After Toenail Removal

by f32rq34

got one,


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Sometimes you can get infection after this procedure and it is usually what happens at home rather than what happens within the clean clinic.

There are a couple of reasons for this:

1- if you have got an infection then get antibiotics for it. As soon as the dressing is taken off bugs can get in. Post-op advice really needs to be sorted out, especially with cleansing and dressing the toe...and the person who did it should have told you/ given you a written form.

2- if they used Phenol in the procedure, then this does look like an infection. You should go back to the person who did it to check. But it will always look worse before it gets better, which redness and discharge because the body is adjusting to the chemical burn which was caused and controlled by the Phenol. People who are not used to it will state that it is an infection, even though it isn't.

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Mar 07, 2014
nail infection NEW
by: Des lashley

I feel that the doctor should tell you about all these problems before nail surgery
. I am in so much pain i have started smoking herb now, i have not been involved in drugs for 50 years , this pain has made me go back to drugs.

Mar 07, 2014
nail infection NEW
by: Des lashley

I feel that the doctor should tell you about all these problems before nail surgery
. I am in so much pain i have started smoking herb now, i have not been involved in drugs for 50 years , this pain has made me go back to drugs.

Mar 07, 2014
nail infection NEW
by: Des lashley

I feel that the doctor should tell you about all these problems before nail surgery
. I am in so much pain i have started smoking herb now, i have not been involved in drugs for 50 years , this pain has made me go back to drugs.

Feb 12, 2014
Feb 3 "Anonymous" back again to report NEW
by: Anonymous

It has been over two weeks since my partial toe nail removal. Like the others here, I think would never had done it had I known. Anyway, I may have been oversoaking the toes because the doctor put a iodine on a cotton square and wrapped up the toe with the remark that this would dry it out. Little did I know the pain would be the worst experienced this whole time, but it did dry it out. I thought I might die last night. Thank God pain does not always mean death.

Feb 11, 2014
Sighs.. NEW
by: Anonymous

So on the 30th of Jan I had an operation to remove both of my big toenails (biggest toe on each foot) and have been going through a-lot of trouble from it. (note: I also had both of the roots removed as this is the third time this has happened)

After two days I was in so much pain I went to A&E for stronger painkillers and they also gave me some antibiotic's because they seemed 'hot' as a sign of infection.

The next day I was really sick, I was given codeine so they think its just from my body not liking it, So I went off all my medicine since it was constant and I couldn't keep anything down.

So during this time I had my bandages changed just about everyday or every-other day and recently they spotted a bad infection on both and antibiotic's couldn't do anything about it as the infection has got to the point that you can see it all.

And now I am having another operation to 'clean' it out apparently because they said it will not heal properly unless I do so.

But the thing I wanted to ask is I have no idea what they mean by 'cleaning' and does this mean I have to go through all this over again? I am still unable to walk efficiently being about 12-13 days since the operation (the next I am having is actually in a few hours)

I really needed to see if the way I was recovering was the reason why I got this infection, I never was without bandages so I was unable to get the chance to soak my toes, I have never heard about the soaking from the doctors, but maybe because it is such a deeper cut that its for the best? Or are they just leaving out a few things? because I would mention this if it avoids me having to go through this again and again its been 3 years, also mentioning that I am 16, I have been missing a-lot of school/college also this is no help to my self-confidence which is easy enough to understand.

Also I have been keeping socks on all the time.. I know that sweat won't help anything so maybe I should stop? Any advice would be helpful I am in such a muddle haha.

Sorry for the long message x

Feb 08, 2014
Partial toenail removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the toenail partially removed with phenol 3weeks ago and it has been healing beautifully. When I went in for my 2 week check p, I had the other toe done. This toe on the other hand has progressively gotten more red and more tender and sore with each day. I called my Dr. and she prescribed an oral antibiotic, but after 60 hours, it is still getting worse. I clean and doctor as instructed, just as I did on the other toe. Not sure what else to do.

Feb 03, 2014
One week after half toenail removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I am in serious pain. There is a black hole in my toe that confuses me and a deep red blur where the partial toenail was. Puffy and sore around it. I went back to the foot doctor today and he said I do not have gangrene. He acted relaxed. . . . but the pain is considerable.I am so scared. A friend's aunt (who was 104 years old, admittedly) died from an ingrown toenail. Today the doctor gave me a five day antibiotic prescription.

I have an appointment to see him in a week but I do not know if I can hold out 7 more days. Should I get a second opinion (always hard to get a doctor to see a new patient that quick)? Go to ER? Why does it hurt more now than three days ago? Why did I let him extract my nail?? It was just a dumb little split toenail that caught on the bed sheets. I could live with that. . . .

Jan 21, 2014
really slow healing time NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 5 weeks into the phenol permanent removal on my 2 big toes. the nail beds are scabbed over ,but the burn area continues to crack and weep when I walk, still hurts although not that throbbing pain more of a sting. My toes are still tender and have lost the outer layer of skin which leaves them red. At this rate I think I still have a few more weeks to go before the weeping stops and probably 5 more weeks before the scabbing starts to fall off. for what I am going to guess a total of 16 weeks to feel somewhat normal owww

Jan 19, 2014
Infection two months later?? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, two months ago I had an ingrown removed. I've had an ongoing discomfort and the swelling hasn't gone down much. Also it looks a bit bruised around the nail where it was removed and a black spot appeared where part of the new nail has grown. Could this be an infection? I had the Dr. who removed it take another look but he says it looks fine. So I am considering going elsewhere for a second opinion. Is the discomfort normal two months later?

Nov 07, 2013
Infected toenail?
by: Anonymous

Hi, I had a infected toenail removed from my toe a little over a month ago. The doctor also treated the other toe just be safe. Anyway, its been a while and my uninfected toe is looking great and almost normal. However the other toe is very red, swollen, and painful. There is also a lot of extra tissue surrounding the nail. Is it infected? What do I do?

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Sometimes doctors treat the other toe because it is showing signs of an ingrown toenail- now or could be in the future. It is easier because you are prepared, and doing another toenail at the same time is simpler.

If both toes were done at the same time now you have a comparison. I think you might still have a small bit of toenail present- the puffyness of the skin suggests that nail needs to be checked again. Go back.

Aug 12, 2013
Confused
by: Anonymous

I just had my left big toenail removed Friday nd my doctor barely gave me instructions this my first time getting it done nd I've been reading different things on how treat it all he told me was soak it with abson salt nd then out band aid on it nd it's still bleeding alil nd has white stuff at bottom isk if it's from the bandage cause the bandage stuck to the womb he didn't use non stick bandage I'm so confused :/

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If you have been washing it for a long time, then you will get white skin build up, also phenol (if used) can cause whiteness on the skin.

Don't salt water bathe for longer than 2 mins. Also you will be redressing it daily. If you do sports and run around, it is going to bleed.

May 11, 2013
Red Rash couple weeks after surgery
by: Anonymous

My husband had his right large toenail removed, due to ingrown nail, and infection. This was done two weeks ago. His health is not good overall, with some immune compromised conditions (leukemia) and parkinsons/alzheimers. We've been soaking daily in epsom salts and keeping it covered with gauze and some analgesic ointment. A couple days ago, he started with some red spots on the back of the foot, and one spot right in the top middle of the foot. Initially they didn't itch, but now he says he feels a bit of an itch. They are angry red. I wonder if anyone else knows if this is a reaction to epsom salts, or some type of internal infection. His foot is swollen, but I have read that is not uncommon while healing. The nailbed itself doesn't look too bad. Thanks for any comments anyone might have.

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Foot swollen?

Maybe an infected foot, check it out, could be just swollen though through illness.

Spots can be there due to redressings- the overuse of them especially using tape all the time.

Sometimes it can be a small case of athletes foot due to the washing and drying of the feet (otc cream is a simple remedy for this).

Aug 23, 2012
my toenail surgary
by: ivy

i had my toenail taken off at the doctors a month ago on the 23 july, it has only been redressed at the surgary but i have got infection. i am now on my third lot of antibiotics and they took a swob on fri 19th aug, when i rang the doctors today i was told results came back 4 days ago and no one has reported on it yet, i cant see how it could have got infected at home when it have not been uncovered here.

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Home care is sometimes where the infection comes in. That doesn't mean that your home is dirty, it just means that the bugs, which are microbial, get into the wound as soon as you take off that dressing.

You could have a condition which makes a little bit more prone to infection- like Diabetes.

If your dressing leaks through then the bugs can get in through that way.

We tell our patients that they need, for 2 weeks post nail surgery, daily salt water bathing (2 minutes max) then redress with a clean, sterile dressing- no BandAids.

Then they get checked over. And the dressing regime changes depending upon the look of the wound.

2 things to mention:

1- If they used Phenol on the nail bed it will look like an infection because your body is fighting a chemical burn. But it is not really infected and the swab that comes back is "normal"

2- It takes 6 weeks to heal, less in some, more in others, but 6 weeks is the average. It discharges heavily and then reduces over time.

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