Infection After Toenail Removal

by f32rq34

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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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Jul 17, 2016
My bilateral toenail removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my first one removed April 15th, 2016 and that one healed nicely, did dressings on it for the first 2 days then stopped using dressings and just for sandals to let it air out and dry up. Pain wasn't bad, Doctor gave me norco for the pain but I didn't take it, ended up just taking some aleve and that covered the pain enough. Now on the 17th of July that nail has healed up mostly and now my other toe nail was removed on 8 July and seems to be in a lot more pain and hasn't healed as well.

Jul 12, 2016
how much longer NEW
by: Jackie

Had my left big toenail removed with the chemical burn used as well on the 24th of may, and still having problems,been on two courses of anti-biotics one for mrsa that was found when a swab was taken a few weeks ago, had all the nose ointment body &hair wash lotion to decolonize me, having twice weekly trips to see the nurse still and yesterday she has told me it looks like i have a bit of a infection in my wound, trying a dry dressing on it to totally dry it out and then sseing how it is in 48 hours if no better then another swab to be done, i have been so hygenic when changing my dressings etc, she said its just taking its time to heal, i must admit its alot better than it was at the begininnig, pain was indescriable but all you folk on here will already know this, reading all your comments on here has helped as i know what i am going through is probably part of it... but like many people have said more awareness needs to be explained to what is actually involved in this minor (as they call it)sugery, never ever again, its 7 weeks today and i still cant wear my shoes, thank god for velcro sandals

Jun 19, 2016
This worked for me NEW
by: JoAnna

I am a diabetic too. I had the same symptoms all are having too. I finally used Melaluka Oil from DoTerra Company it has healing properties. It started healing right away. I do not sell it and this is not an advertisement for this product, all i know is that it work and healed quickly, my podiatrist was amazed! I had both toes nails removed on March 8 and they were completely healed by May 9th when I saw my doctor again for my follow up appt. If you search facebook you can find someone that sells it near you. They look sooo good now, i can even polish them now too. I just put drops on each toe and swabbed all around then put bandaids on them. I stopped soaking them after a month and cleaned them with hydrogen peroxide each day.

Jun 19, 2016
Why isn't my toes getting better? NEW
by: Kimberly

In April 2016, I had both my big toenails removed! I am still having problems with them ever since! I am still soaking them in Epsom salt baths, sometimes my left toe has been looking kinda strange (almost like it's not getting oxygen)
I soaked it last night before bed! Woke up this morning in a lot of pain. It does not look good, it has that yellow stuff and gook that seeps in and gets thick stuff, than I started noticing this grayish area around it! I am getting pretty nervous about what might be going on! I would also like to say that I am a diabetic! Please can someone tell me what I should do!

May 31, 2016
DYING NEW
by: Anonymous

I literally just had ingrown toenail removal surgery, I was so nervous, I had 3 huge injections in my toe to numb it but after that the rest of the procedure was a piece of cake, I got a bit concerned because he started digging away at my toe with a nail filer, filing it back but being extremely rough and I think that is why my after surgery pain is so FUCKING bad I am laying here right now the anaesthetic wore off about 2 hours ago I am screaming crying and sweating I am normally good with pain, I have 8 stitches in my toe it's bleeding through my bandage my whole toe is throbbing like it's being hit with a hammer every 5 seconds. I am even considering going to the hospital because I've been vomiting from the pain, and considering I have such a high pain tolerance this is messed up. 100% would never wanna go through this again!

May 05, 2016
Please Assist! NEW
by: Anonymous

Had my big toenail removed 2 days ago. I cannot tell you how excruciating the pain became after the numbing injections wore off! Then, I had to soak in warm water with Epsom salt! OmG! Hurt so bad, I was shaking, sweating, crying, screaming! But I left my foot in the water the whole 10 minutes! Oh! And when I take the bandage off, that's terrible, too!
Anyway, my question is.... Do I leave my toe uncovered tonight without any bacitracin, to let it dry out? The instructions say not to bandage it at night from now on, but say nothing about whether or not to put the ointment on it.
Please assist. I want to take care of this the right way bc I definitely don't want more problems. This is just awful and so upsetting. :(
Thank you.

Apr 19, 2016
Melaluka Oil/Tea Tree Oil NEW
by: Anonymous

I also put Melaluka oil on my toes, then the antibiotic ointment and placed a bandaid over them. They are healing really fast now. Before that they were starting to get infected. I use melaluka on other cuts for healing and decided to try it on my toes. I buy the DoTerra oils they are very potent. I had my surgery on 03/08/16 and they are almost completely healed!

Apr 19, 2016
Melaluka Oil/Tea Tree Oil NEW
by: Anonymous

I also put Melaluka oil on my toes, then the antibiotic ointment and placed a bandaid over them. They are healing really fast now. Before that they were starting to get infected. I use melaluka on other cuts for healing and decided to try it on my toes. I buy the DoTerra oils they are very potent. I had my surgery on 03/08/16 and they are almost completely healed!

Apr 19, 2016
Melaluka Oil/Tea Tree Oil NEW
by: Anonymous

I also put Melaluka oil on my toes, then the antibiotic ointment and placed a bandaid over them. They are healing really fast now. Before that they were starting to get infected. I use melaluka on other cuts for healing and decided to try it on my toes. I buy the DoTerra oils they are very potent. I had my surgery on 03/08/16 and they are almost completely healed!

Apr 18, 2016
Agony after infection NEW
by: Anonymous

Had surgery for permenant removal of both ingrown toenails late march 16. Developed staph infection on both, was sooooo careful with regular dressing and everything being done by a nurse. The pain due to infection is so intence am unable to put my foot down after few weeks. Am on Flucloxacillin 1gram 4 times a day with tremadol leading to loads of side effects. All new patienta pls use iodine non sticky dressing from day 1 with mepilex border lite or whatever make padded dressing. You can get these in uk pharmacy. Infection got so bad had to have 2nd surgery to clean / scrape the top layer off. Surgeons and gp told me, i still have few weeks for recovery. In-hind sight removing the nails was the worst decision.

Apr 05, 2016
Gotta have faith NEW
by: Beverly

Hopefully if you didn't have any problems before, I would think that you wouldn't have any problems this time. At least that's what we should hope for. Positive thinking. Also it sounds like you did a good job taking care of your toe afterward the last time so I would recommend doing the same thing this time unless your doctor tells you different. I am not a doctor so I can't tell you what is best. Everyone reacts differently I think. My toe is finally starting to heal after a month of complete toenail removal. No more swelling and pain. Just sensitive where my nail was as it is growing new tough skin. Good luck to you and God bless you.

Mar 24, 2016
my experience with partial and entire toenail removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my right toenail removed exactly a year ago. The procedure was pretty much painless. But unfortunately it still grew back ingrown. Today I had the sides partially removed (permanently). I just hope the healing of this procedure is as easy as the entire toenail remival. I soaked it everyday for 10 minutes in cooled down water with (Epson salt) that I boiled to kill any germs, cleaned off the old antibiotic with a cotton swab, let it air dry never letting my foot touch the floor then applied the antibiotic cream (Silva dine) then put on a clean dressing. I went to work that night but had to wear an open toe sandal. After about the 4th day I could wear my shoes. The only time I had pain was after my toe got its feeling back soon after the removal. Then it throbbed relentlessly for a couple hours. But I had to go to work and fortunately it ended up letting up on the pain. I am a bartender and I am constantly moving. Reading all your horrifying comments about your experiences makes me worry this time it want be as easy!

Mar 16, 2016
Pain! NEW
by: Beverly

I had my toenail removed three weeks ago. I am on my second antibiotic now. It no longer looked infected when my doctor put me on the second antibiotic. The problem is that my toe is swelling and painful. I can't bend it or put pressure on it when I walk. I also can't bend it. When I am on my feet it turns red and swells more and thumps with pain. It also has a strange feeling like there is a rubber band tied around the bottom of it. Nail bed is getting better. It is growing tough skin but still very tender. My toe just hurts from the top knuckle up! I talked to the nurse at my doctors office today and told her about it and she said I needed to see the doctor but they don't have any appointments for 13 more days! I can't stand it! Why would my toe be doing this when the nail is healing with no infection? So glad to know I'm not alone in this. No one around me understands the pain. Sorry that all of y'all that are having pain. Hope you all get well soon.

Mar 14, 2016
It does get better NEW
by: Anonymous

Not a doctor, but it sounds infected. Mine got infected and felt like it was going to pop when I put weight on it. I took antibiotics and healing started in 2 days and felt great. I was getting pretty down about being off my feet. Felt like I would never get better. What a difference the meds made! Also, although it wasnt in my treatment plan, I bought a hydrogel wound dressing. Don't know if Im allowed to give specific product names but it was a gel made in AMERIca. ;) It worked wonders. My doc said it looked great at my checkup. I looked on the internet for alternatives to soaking because the salt burned like fire! Thats when I found the gel. My advice, don't give up. It does get better. They removed my nail and the shots didn't work! Ugh.. I was given no specific instructions except on the day of the removal. I said, " I read you have to keep your feet up for a day or two." Doc said, "I wouldn't go shopping at the mall, but no big deal. No biggie. You'll be fine, normal routine." Right. So I didn't bother asking about the gel. I just did it. Im a rebel like that. LOL

Mar 13, 2016
infection or healing? NEW
by: Anonymous

Had both of my big toe nails removed on March 8th 2016. They were feeling ok, the right hurt more than the left but it is starting to heal and it isn't sore any more when I put weight on it. I thought the left one was doing fine but two nights ago it hurt so bad that I took a soma and an ibuprofen just to go to sleep. It is now very red and swollen on the skin below where the nail begins and where the cuticle is. Not sure of its the phenol they used causing that (but my right foot is fine) or it's infected. I've been soaking and putting the antibiotic ointment on it as perscribed as well. It feels like the rubber band the podiatrist put on my toe during the procedure is still on my toe. It isn't warm to the touch so I'm hoping it's healing and not infected! Any thoughts?

Mar 11, 2016
Right big nail removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my right big toe nail removed and never had a problem. Took about 15 minutes counting dressing and was out the door no pain at all. I left dressing on 2 days then then soaked it off then soaked whole foot 20 minutes in warm eoson salt then iodine did that twice a day for 3 days then started cleaning with iodinebwhile showering dressing off after it was wet soaked twice a day for 3 more days then back to Dr to check. Got clean bill of health continued the iodine and soaking twice a day for 3 more days to be on safe side and was done with soaking. This was last September 2015 and as of today just a little spot of scab left but I can do everything as good now as before the ingrown nail started. I am so glad I had this done no more pain and 1 less nail to cut hahaha. Good luck to all and don't get discouraged. It only gets better just soak good iodine wrap and keep clean trust me you will get past the soaking and iodine and wrapping and will be glad you had it done. Also summer is good time to have done for the wearing of flip flops when you go out some where.

Mar 10, 2016
Agony NEW
by: Anonymous

Had an infrowing toe nail for just over 4 years & stupidly (yes I know I left it) u couldn't see it was ingrowing up it was, it was so swollen nearly double the size of my other big toe, red looked raw like it had been scolded & it started to smell puss seeping out of it, I had to on 6 courses of antibiotics & the infection was still there in the end my GP just had to remove it was only Ment to remove part. OH MY F**king god the injection was agony never felt pain like it & I have had endless major operations, the toe didn't get numb enough so was in a lot of pain the whole time ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ข in the end the whole nail had to be removed, the doc dressed it & said to come bk after 7 days not to change the dressing or get it wet :( after 2 days stuff had soaked through it & my toe stunk it was embarrassing everyone could smell it even With socks/shoes on. Back to GP nurse changed dressing & put some iodine on it said leave it on for 3 days come bk and I will look at it same happened again 2 days later it was stinking even worse thick puss not only coming out the end of the toe but now 3 small holes on top of the toe & as soon as dressing comes off puss all runs out :( this has now been going on for just over 4 weeks, I bath it a few times a day dressing change 3 times a day it's still red raw. I hope I never have to have this op again. Worst ever ๐Ÿ˜ก

Mar 10, 2016
8 weeks on NEW
by: Anonymous

I had both my big toenails permanently removed 8 weeks ago, and even though the pain and stinging has subsided, there is still white stuff on them and got told to leave the dressing pads on, dry ones, until next week when I go to get checked. Not infected she said but to leave the pads on, after using some iodine soaked gauze on previously, which gets rid of the white gunk. But when told to stop using it and just put on softpore pads, the white stuff returns. I feel like I need to leave dressings off to dry them out but they said no. After 8 weeks, its getting a bit depressing...

Mar 09, 2016
my dress is stack in the skin NEW
by: Anonymous

I have my toe nail remove two days ago the dress they let in the skin is stack i done everything i couldn't remove what can i do DR

Feb 24, 2016
you're kidding me NEW
by: Anonymous

Had a nail removed on my big toe 5 days ago. Pod said I'd be back to normal in a couple weeks. No way is that happening. I'm supposed to soak 20 minutes but it burns so bad I can hardly do 4 minutes. Any suggestions? I did use Epsom salt.

Feb 07, 2016
Confused?! NEW
by: Michelle

I had both my big toenails removed on the 18th of December 2015,I have done everything that I was told to do....I done absolutely nothing for the first 3 days....kept my feet elevated.....changed my dressings every other day.....kept them free from getting wet when I took a shower.....bathed them in salt water for 5 minutes......and so on......2 weeks ago they had an infection in them and so I took a (1 weeks course) of antibiotics....then a week after they still didn't look great and so back to the Dr I went,he took a swab and sent them off and I had an antibiotic cream to put on them,the swab came back clear of infection.....hooray!! Until Wednesday of last week when they started to look bad again,on Friday I went back to see the nurse who wasn't happy with them and so I have another course of antibiotics to take but I'm in such a lot of pain now ......burning sensation and as if someone has tied an elastic band around my toes and every now and then keeps on pulling the band tight?! I am so fed up with it all now.....any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!!

Jan 27, 2016
Have Had All My Toe nails Removed NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the nail removed from my big toe on the right side almost 7 wks ago and the other nine was removed on xmas eve 2015 so it's been 4 wks for them. Believe me when I say I wish I knew the complication that could come from it.. my toes seem to be healing very slow. The first big toe is almost healed and not so bad but the other nine have formed infection and draining with a burning/stinging sensation in the area of where the cuticle is. I know this is not normal for me to be still having pain so I had told my doctor I was having problems with it. He put me on an antibiotic and told me to stop soaking and not do anything special to them, just put on a bandage and take the oral med he had gave me. It's been a week now and I am still having this burning/stinging Feeling. I missed a lot of work due to this. It's hard for me to stand on my feet for 8 full hours without them starting to throb and sting. I really wish I would of known it took so long to heal. My doctor told me I would be good to even go back to my normal shoes in 2 weeks. What a joke! I'm so mad about all this I want to cry!

Jan 20, 2016
so underestimated in severity NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my left big toe nail removed on 17th December. It took 35 minutes to lift. The pod struggled relentlessly, eventually managed, bandaged me up suggesting I come back the next day. Since them I have had 2 courses of pencillin , 8 visits to walk in clinic and now attend twice weekly practice nurse. The pain which has got less in duration but not in severity still hits when I least expect. I wear open toed sandals with socks which this time of the year look crazy. Within hours of my new bandage it bleeds. I cannot believe this procedure is so under rated in the problems you can experience. Also the differences of opinions of how to manage it ie salt soak or keep try is frustrating. For pods to say you can carry on driving, working etc the next day is ludicrous.
I get frequent nerve type pain too which does seem to succomb to painkillers. Reading articles here I see I am not alone and some worse than me but oh how it needs to be known, toenail removal is no bed of roses.

Dec 30, 2015
gone wrong NEW
by: Anonymous

I had both my big toenails supposedly permanently removed after 3 tried of tying to cut the ingrown nails and i had enough pain so the doctor decided to permenatly remove them most horrific pain ever for the injection then didnt feel anything during the procedure then throbbing for a couple of days then was all fine untill both nails that weren't supposed to grow back have grown back worse and more ingrown then ever before so i have to go back to the doctor and have them done again not looking forward to it at all lets hope 5th time lucky

Dec 21, 2015
Toe nail grew back NEW
by: gunnyb

First post 6 Nov all was good until... I had the second toenail removed 2 wks after the first one and it has healed perfectly. The one on my right foot is the problem seems like the ingrown toenail grew back she went in and cut it out and put some kind of chemical in it that is suppose to keep it from growing back hope it works. The toe is painful from time to time since I still walk 3-4 miles a day wearing a wide shoe hoping not to damage it. Had to go back to open toe shoes really sucks..

Dec 21, 2015
Wish I had never done it! NEW
by: Anonymous

Make sure your podiatrist fully explains the possible consequences if things go south!!!! I had a complete removal of one toe nail. It was OK for a few days (I followed advice--soaking with a little Biotine and and Carestat with a dressing afterwards). Then all hell broke loose. The toe was bright red to the base and oozing and bleeding. Lucky me--an infection. I am now in my 7th week and 5th week of Augmentin. It looks a little better only. I do not like taking all these antibiotics 3 x a day, and I have soaked my toe more times than I want to count. It hurts often. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas have been ruined. Even wearing a sock hurts--could not get near a shoe. Of course, when I watch the 6 o'clock news I feel guilty about feeling sorry for myself. BUT, I feel that I should have been given more info about risks. I would not have had it done, at least not at this time of year.

Nov 29, 2015
Toes NEW
by: Sky2015

After suffering theist unimaginable pain for the best part of 12 weeks - I just want to give hope and let others know there is light at the end of tunnel ๐Ÿ˜€ 4 months on from having both big toenails removed- I am able to wear shoes and furry boots.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพโœจ

Nov 27, 2015
Just wondering NEW
by: Ivette

I had partial toenail removal on my big toe back in July. It was all good and I felt much relief, but a few days ago I noticed my toe was looking bruised and swollen, then puss started coming out, I've been soaking it on warm water with epson salt I also cleanse it with hydrogen peroxide and I apply triple antibiotic but it seems to be getting worse so even though I don't want to go through the procedure again I was thinking of maybe having my whole toenail removed and permanately. At my job I have to use safety shoes and I think since I already have this issue it will continue to bother me. So I was wondering would that be the best option to have it all removed? I live in an island I wear sandals a lot wouldn't like to be missing a toenail, is there better options? Or am I doing something wrong?

Nov 18, 2015
Complete toe removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I had complete toenail removal and permanent removal application on my two big toes 2 weeks ago I have been attending nurse twice a week due to my nails leaking swab was taken and came back clear can only wear a sandal as cannot get shoes on toes feel really swollen and sore all around toes don't think I'll ever be able to wear shoes again

Nov 06, 2015
Ingrown toenail NEW
by: gunnyb

I had two removed not the entire toenail thank god was painful for a few minutes. Came home and did daily foot soaks with epson salt twice a day; told to keep them clean and dry and so far so good no infection or unusual draining. They are healing very well according to my doc my only concern is my skin around the toes is darker she said my skin should come back to its normal color after a while but it would take time. Anyone else have this problem with skin discoloration

Oct 04, 2015
Keep wound dry and clean NEW
by: Anonymous

Still stand by nothing but saline solution for a quick bathe (to keep wound clean) and keep it dry and in clean dressing for the rest of the time. That's all you need, salt, boiled water, clean bowl and dressings. No fancy ointments or sprays needed. Keep it dry and let your body heal itself in its own time. Infection can still occur, you can get unlucky, germs can be in the air, but if you feel pain, heat and your toe swells then get prompt attention and antibiotics will be prescribed. The advice I was given by surgeon was daily change of dressing after soaking dressing in the shower, soak in saline solution, air dry and then straight into new dressing. The advice to keep wound dry is best advice given. Putting solutions on will keep the wound wet and that is not good. Saline isn't just good for drawing out infection, that is incorrect. It keeps infection away and aids healing. Ask a nurse if you don't believe me.

Oct 04, 2015
No right or wrong way NEW
by: Anonymous

Apart from keeping it clean I don't think anyone has the definitive answer. I had a partial toenail removal in January, was advised by the podiatrist who did it to bathe it in saline every other day and apply a new dressing. Never had any pain. At my two week follow-up the next pod told me I was holding up my healing and it should be kept dry. She advised me to use a dry iodine spray. Which worked? Couldn't say.

Ten days ago I had the other foot done, soaked in saline after my two day follow-up where a third pod told me that saline was only useful for drawing infection, and drying the wound out was the objective. Seemed fine so kept it dry and replaced dressings religiously. Today my toe is swollen, red, oozing, needling sensations in the nail bed with a background ache. Infected? I don't know. It doesn't look too clever.

My point is that they all disagree with each other so there seems to be no righty or wrong way. Maybe there are microscopic antigens in the air and it's a question of our underlying health and good or bad luck.

Oct 03, 2015
Hospital told me top tip NEW
by: Anonymous

My surgeon told me to not ask my podiatrist or a nurse or a doctor about my toe. She told me that she knew best and she is the specialist. She does toenail removal all day long seven days a week. The advice given by your surgeon should be the advice you take. I went to my doc about a different thing and he asked if he could see my toe. I asked him if he was going to redress it and he backed off. I showed him a photo showing the gory oozings and he said he thought I was very brave and that it looked very sore. Actually it was looking great and it was not sore at all. My GP bless him, hadn't a clue about toe surgery. I might have to have my other big toenail done one day and I will do the same care routine again.

Oct 03, 2015
Steph, trying to help NEW
by: Anonymous

Steph, I have read some horror stories where things have gone wrong. People being told never to get toe wet AT ALL, bring told everything will be ok after just three weeks! All sorts of chemicals being put on toes. I followed advice to the letter, every day for weeks on end and never had any pain at all, no redness, no heat, just wanted to pass on my experience.

Oct 03, 2015
I thought we were sharing experiences not giving our own medical opinion. NEW
by: Steph

I'm not a doctor and I presume none of you are either. I did get a leaflet from the hospital but I also got advice from the podiatrist and my local nurse. The podiatrist told me to use an antiseptic cream to stop the wound drying out, my nurse told me to stop. I didn't ever touch the wounded area with my fingers but used a cotton bud. Half the problem is everyone gets given different advice by different people. Mine is healing nicely so I can't of done that much wrong!!

Oct 02, 2015
Confusion NEW
by: Anonymous

Did you people not get a typed care instruction sheet? YES keep wound and dressing DRY. BUT you need to CLEAN toe without touching it or using harsh products. Take a shower leaving dressing ON and don't have water too hot. As soon as you are dry and out of shower take dressing off and soak toe in pre-boiled and cooled waster that you have added salt to (thus making it saline). Air dry toe making sure you don't touch it or put foot on the floor. Apply dressing. Keep it clean and dry for next 24 hours and then repeat. DO NOT put ANYTHING on wound. NO germolene etc. WORKS!

Oct 02, 2015
I followed NHS instructions. Bathe wound DAILY NEW
by: Anonymous

I was told to leave the dressing on when taking a shower as it would assist to take the dressing off without tugging the wound. I used unscented soap products, then a saline soak. Table salt NOT epsom (epsom is not the same as salt). I heed beautifully with no probs. Salt heals which is why we are told to bathe in it to heal childbirth wounds. It is also why we kiss our children's wounds as there is salt in saliva. Salt is good and it is VERY cheap at 35p for unbranded tub.

Oct 02, 2015
Shower OK NEW
by: Anonymous

I was told to leave the dressing on when taking a shower as it would assist to tKe the dressing off without tugging the wound. I scented soap products, then a saline soak. Table salt NOT epsom (epsom is not the same as salt). I heed beautifully with no probs.

Oct 02, 2015
Detol NEW
by: Anonymous

I had surgery done on a Friday and the bandaging was changed on the following Monday by my doctor and I left that bandaged for three more days then on the fourth day following I started the foot soak. I did it once a day up until just a week ago and it healed well and was extremely clean. The doctors recommend epson salt soak but infection is still a possibility with Detol it is not.

Oct 02, 2015
Clean NEW
by: Anonymous

You say you changed your dressing every day after a shower i have been specifically told not to get it wet because of risk of infection i have hung my leg out of the bath instead but still got yhe dressing slightly wet the nurse noticed this she said i need to be carefull incase of inffection.

Oct 02, 2015
Keep toe dry NEW
by: Anonymous

I started daily bathing in saline solution followed by air drying toe after my initial visit to hospital within 48 hours of surgery to have demonstration of what I needed to do every day when changing the dressing. The rest of the time toe should be kept dry and clean in its dressing.

Oct 02, 2015
Keeping clean NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi irene how soon after toe nail surgury did you start to soak it because the nurse has told me i have to keep it dry i had surgury 8 days ago thanks in advance

Oct 02, 2015
Yellow red or brown gunk is NORMAL NEW
by: Anonymous

It takes about 6 to 12 weeks to have your toe get back to normal after total removal. Hot, red and swollen is not good, but your toe looking like an alien due to reaction to acid is perfectly OK. Just use boiled and cooked water with some salt added (saline solution is the result) and stop overindulging with other products and the toe should just get better all by itself. The more you mess, the higher the chance of infection. I changed my dressing every day after my shower. Did not take a bath, soaking for a long time in unsterile water is not good.

Oct 02, 2015
keeping it clean NEW
by: Irene

The very best after toe surgery is soaking in dettol added to water. I put enough water to cover the top of my toe and add a full capful of detol. It is much better to guard against infection than anything else, in fact at one time that was all that was used in hospitals to prevent infections of all kinds. Good luck.

Oct 02, 2015
Work NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi i have had toe nail surgury 4 times now the last time being full toe nail removal and was signed of work for 2 weeks every time but having a different doc he was unsure weather he should sign me off for that length of time. I do work in a dirty enviroment with steel toe cap boots. I have been to the nurse today to have my dressing changed she has told me i will have to keep it clean when i return to work in a weeks time. Any advice ppl on how i can keep it cleaner thanks in advance.

Oct 01, 2015
You scare me! NEW
by: Anonymous

I am reading about soaking toes in iodine for 20 minutes and using germolene! STOP! Salt water (just standard table salt) for TWO MINUTES after shower (soaked my toe in a bowl) air dry with foot up on a stool DO NOT TOUCH TOE AT ALL - E V E R! I had my left big toe nail removed on June 8th 2015 and it was all healed by Aug 25th. No infection. Used the dressings hosp gave me, just simple sterile pad and tubular bandage. Used perfume free hair and shower products.

Oct 01, 2015
feeling lucky NEW
by: steph

I had both big toe nails partially and permanently removed 7 weeks ago. Both sides of each big toe was removed as they were ingrown and had been causing me pain for a good few years. After the second infection from the ingrown toes I asked to be referred to podiatrist. Admittedly the injections were excruciating to say the least but the rest I didn't feel a thing. I took painkillers for 24 hours after but stopped because I wasn't in any pain to speak of. I had a softpore surgical dressing (like a large plaster) to put on my toe and a tubular bandage over the top of that. I used germolene (an antiseptic cream) on the bits that were removed for the first two weeks, my nurse commented on how good my toes were healing and then went mad because I used this stuff (go figure!!!) I kept my toes bandaged all the time unless having a bath and changed dressings every day. The nurse said I could be wearing dressings for up to 10 weeks but my dressings were clean for the first time yesterday (no yellow gunk and scabs have formed) so off came the dressings!! My toes look bloody awful as the leftover toenail is yellow but I guess that will grow out over time. I still can't wear most of my shoes but I'm hoping it will be worth it in the long run. For me I have no regrets yet so I feel for those of you that have had such a hard time.

Sep 28, 2015
Right big nail removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my right big toenail permanently removed 2 weeks ago on 9/7/15 and have taken a weeks of antibiotics plus soaking for 15to20 minutes every day with some drops on nail bed then rewraping afterwards. Well 4 days ago I noticed about 1/4 of the width all the way to the tip is black while the rest looks like scab but not sure. Also it's red all the way around the edge. I don't see how it could be infected as I soaked in povidone iodine. It's very tender until I have wiped the edges with a warm cloth but still hurts very badly to put a shoe on. Dr wants to do other big toe but not going that route as it doesn't bother me and not going thru this again until I know how this all ends.

Sep 17, 2015
toe nail removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my big toe nail removed and a partial strip removed on my other big toe nail 5 weeks ago. The injection to numb the toe was something i do not want to experience again in a hurry.
The toe with the strip of nail is fine, but still has a scab which has not come away yet. The other toe with total nail removal has only just become bearable to wear a trainer. I was beginning to think it would never be right again, but each week it looks a little better. The toe knuckle is tender and i cannot put any pressure on the top of my toe, i think that may take months, as no nail at all leaves it extremely tender. It still looks slightly scabby, yellow gunky but drying up bit by bit. The daily dressing plaster was sticking quite a bit and i have had to soak before i can peel off very gently. But the redness is getting pinker and paler so i know i'm on the mend at last. Returning to work was a nightmare, only being able to wear a trainer shoe, and limping, however i am walking alot better now. Asking me now - i'd say i would not have this done again, but in a year's time i may think differently - we'll have to wait and see. But one think is clear - recovery is slow after a whole nail removal (and everyone will have their own recovery time as we all have different pain tolerance etc).
Chin up people - there is light at the end of the tunnel

Aug 28, 2015
chemical removed toenail NEW
by: Irene

OMG I had my toenail removed off my left foot August 14 2015. Pain is not the word for the hell I went through and still now 8/28/2015 my toe is so sore I could scream. I'm at the point of asking to have my toe amputated and just so you know I have a very high pain tolerance. I have had ingrown toenail on that big toe for all my life and nothing less then once a month I had to dig the nail out. I got pretty good at it and the doctor said he could see where I had gone in all the way. My toe wouldn't take the freezing due to scar tissue damage from my operating, but oh my dear God nothing hurt this bad. No senior should have this much pain. And no one else either.

Aug 22, 2015
Hot toe NEW
by: HM

It is now 4 weeks since I had the toenail removed from the big toe on my right foot. The surgery was painless, the worst part was the injection, I've apparently been fortunate as I've had almost no pain. The toe is healing well, I have a daily salt footbath, air dry it for at least an hour and then dress it. The nurse at my GP's surgery gave me Manuka honey dressings and I put a postage stamp sized piece of this on where the nail used to be with a non adherent dressing over it. This is held in place with a small piece of Mepore tape and tubegrip is then placed over the toe. I was told to wear open toed sandals until the toe is healed, about 8 weeks or so. It all sounds good BUT the toe and the area below it is hot, there's no smell on the dressing. Could there be an infection or is it normal to be significantly warmer that the other foot? Would a reaction to the salt bath cause this?

Aug 19, 2015
Left toe nail NEW
by: Dawn

Had my left full nail removed 8/7/2015 and 7 weeks on still in a lot of pain have been on 3 different lots of antibiotics and toe still infected have had it dressed by podiatrist 3 times and was told to keep it coverd for a week last time I went which was a week ago toe is still ouzing yellow gunk and still very swollen so wish it would start to heal soon

Aug 17, 2015
Pain NEW
by: KS

I had both toenails (big ones) removed on 3.08.15. I was in agony (felt like labour and toothache rolled into one) soon after the operation. Had first dressing Changed on the Wednesday 5/8/15 but had to go to GP for antibiotics by the Friday 7/8/15 as it was oozing thick yellow gunk. Pain continued to be like labour pain - building up in intensity then calming down before the next wave. My podiatrist were very caring, but were not sure why mine was not healing as it should. I had to return on the 10th as my right toe was really painful, dressing was changed and told the healing was slow but definitely on the mend and too complete anti biotic. I had my second official visit on the 12th August- bandages changed, this time it was dressed with iodine mesh, Menolin swabs and the toe bandage. I have changed it three times, soaking with bandage to remove it more easily. I changed the iodine dressing yesterday, was asked to keep it on for 7 days but it was stuck solid to my toe. Pain has lessened but still hurts if I move around too much. I have had to take two weeks off - did go in for six hours last Thursday but was in agony throughout the night and all day Friday. Will have my final podiatrist appt on the 20.8.15 - still thick gooey small patch on both toes but praying they willing dry out. I have not worn anything but flip flops- even the covers hurt and still have not been able to drive further than the shops - 2 mins away. I to look forward to the day my feet get back to normal minus the toe nails. I think that chemical burn liquid is not suitable for all and perhaps something else needs to be used. I also agree that different podiatrist seem to be giving different advice and it is very confusing and causing a lot of distress.

Jul 22, 2015
THIS SUCKS! NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a partial nail removal on both big toes a week ago. I was told you'll be healed by 3 weeks probably be in great shape after a couple of weeks. By the third day both of my feet swelled, my toes are deep red, I have gross oozing red and yellow out of both toes and the pain really bad especially at night. I was told I was allergic to the stuff they use to kill the cells that grow your nail. He put me on antibiotics a week later and I still look the same. I soak twice a day in salt water as he said I bandage everyday with a fabric bandaid as he said and it obviously didn't help. I wish so badly I would of read reviews before I had this done. I told him I was thinking of waiting till end of summer to have it done cause we're going to the beach end of August he said oh you'll be fine by then. End of August is one month away and now I read all of your posts and I'm shaking my head. My friend works for a podiatrist and she said he should be having me use benedine washes??? And a plastic thing for my toes when I shower. I have neither :(

Jul 19, 2015
6 weeks after surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Toe still oozing yellow, and red (bleed?) gunk. Not infected, no pain, but no sign of this yellow and red funky mess drying up. Had to ask for another pack of dressings.

Jul 06, 2015
Total toenail removal NEW
by: Dyezee

I had my left big toenail removed June 8th, 4 weeks ago. I was told to add teaspoon of salt (type not specified so am using table salt) to a pint of cooled boiled water and to soak toe in it. Time not specified. I then put foot on a pouffe and airdry it before dressing it. I do this every day after showering (leaving the dressing on). Strict instructions not to touch the toe. Today went to see podiatry and my toe was unwrapped and looked at and was touched with wrong end of nail file by podiatrist around the oozing area and I was asked if it hurt. It didn't and I was annoyed at the intrusion as I have been careful not to touch the toe at all. This eve it hurts so have had to take painkillers! If infection develops I will be very annoyed. Why is there no consistency of care in NHS podiatry services? I do not apply any stuff to my toe, just absorbent dressing and a tubular bandage folded over so it is doubled. I wear socks at all times because I don't want the seepage to spoil bedding. Mostly it is on the bandage but does not go through the sock. Confused that everyone does things so differently. Not given shoes or advice. I dare not wear open toe sandals as don't want to have any pressure placed on my toe. Mostly wearing crocs cloggs with the holes in. Protective and very comfortable. Told 6 to 8 weeks before seepage stops. Half way through then but can it take even longer?

Jun 15, 2015
NEW
by: Anonymous

I was reading all of these and getting scared. I had both large toe nails permanently removed 2 weeks ago. Was in pain first week but doing better this week. Was worried because the toes are oozing yellow gunk. Read though that its from the chemical burn. Thought I'd be back in shoes by two weeks but think I'm going to have to change that to 2 months. Just wearing sandals. The toes look aweful. I haven't bathed them and am no longer covering them.

Jun 09, 2015
Right big toe nail removed NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I didn't have ingrown nail I had a injury to my foot and doctor figured removing nail would be the best thing... Never doing it again... Dressing stuck even after over soaking and I screamed and cried having difficult walking and and very swollen.... I do also have nerve and tissue damage due to injury that happened 3 months ago.... Can't where socks and closed toe shoes

May 16, 2015
HORRIBLE NEW
by: Jeanene Day

Mi had my left big toenail removed on May 14. The needle to deaden my toe was enough to make me yell out in pain. Then, everything was pretty cool. UNTIL the following morning. I tell you the truth when I say the pain was worse than childbirth! I was screaming out in pain.NO ONE prepared me for this life changing event. I will never ever be the same emotionally! Tears rained down my cheeks like rain from Noah flood. I'm not lying, the pain was horrific and an epidural should be part of the process afterward. Never ever consider this procedure unless your pain level is 15 out of 10! I actually passed out and saw stars as I was falling trying to get back in bed. I now know that if I am ever tortured in such a way it wud be hard for any of us to make heaven. I have a new respect for St. Peter who was crucified UPSIDE DOWN. If given the choice, I may have done the same thing. Kidding of course. Don't ever do this unless it's ur ONLY option! God bless anyone who has to endure this torture that WE ASKED FOR!!!!

May 10, 2015
3rd time NEW
by: Anonymous

The first two times I got this done I got the toenails removed on my big toes so that they would regrow and both times the infection came back so the 3rd time i said no more and i asked to have both toenails permanently removed. I got the surgery done april 28th and i was on oxycodone's up until recently. The most painful part was taking the bandages off i've never cried so hard in my life but my toes seem to be healing slowly. I've been reading some comments and its crazy to me that these "doctors" didnt tell you how to properly take care after your surgery. But anyway today I tried to put socks and shoes on and went to the movies and went i took my sock off tonight i ripped part of the scab off so now some of it is an open wound again.i really hope i didnt mess this up or cause an infection i dont want to go through any more pain. i just want this experience to be over already and feel no more pain!

Apr 26, 2015
on the mend NEW
by: Anonymous

I had part of my right big toenail removed after 4 months of agony. My toenail wasn't ingrown but had split after I injured my toe falling down stairs. I had a chemical rubbed onto part where nail was removed however the chemical spilled onto my toe causing a large burn which is very painful. I haven't been able to wear shoes since January has anyone else had this and know how long it will take to heal

Apr 26, 2015
on the mend NEW
by: Anonymous

I had part of my right big toenail removed after 4 months of agony. My toenail wasn't ingrown but had split after I injured my toe falling down stairs. I had a chemical rubbed onto part where nail was removed however the chemical spilled onto my toe causing a large burn which is very painful. I haven't been able to wear shoes since January has anyone else had this and know how long it will take to heal

Feb 17, 2015
Both big toenails removed permanently NEW
by: Alice

On Dec. 17, 2014, I had my left big toenail removed, permanently. On my follow-up,2 weeks later, I had the right big toenail removed, permanently, (with a shot of Phenol)? I have done all my podiatrist ordered and today I am still experiencing oozing, itching and redness behind my big toenail area. Tiny clear blisters ooz and my skin itches terribly! I keep my feet extra clean, while also preventing from wearing close toed shoes. I wonder how long this condition will be plaguing me. I was not given any medication following surgery but told to use Advil or Ibprophen for any pain I might experience. Hope someone can enlighten me on what I should contemplate during this time of healing.

Jan 19, 2015
infected?? NEW
by: Anonymous

i had both big toenails removed on the 14th and im confused as unlike someone who made a comment giving it foot soaks ive been told to keep the toes dry and dont put water on them. just change the dressing i had the phenol to prevent regrowth and apart from the injections i felt nothing of the removal, and was in comfortable mode until today when they are starting to feel a little sore, they are very leaky with a yellowy clear fluid but not swollen or hot so i presume its just the stuff that the body makes to clean wounds, which makes it hard to keep the site dry

Jan 19, 2015
infected?? NEW
by: Anonymous

i had both big toenails removed on the 14th and im confused as unlike someone who made a comment giving it foot soaks ive been told to keep the toes dry and dont put water on them. just change the dressing i had the phenol to prevent regrowth and apart from the injections i felt nothing of the removal, and was in comfortable mode until today when they are starting to feel a little sore, they are very leaky with a yellowy clear fluid but not swollen or hot so i presume its just the stuff that the body makes to clean wounds, which makes it hard to keep the site dry

Dec 27, 2014
sick of this NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been dealing with the oozing, and bleeding for eleven days. I went back too work after three days boy was that a mistake ,but my dr.said that you can go back too your normal routine . Wearing shoes in my case work boots was not sound advice coming from a professional and now it's worst than when the nail was on.

Dec 27, 2014
sick of this NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been dealing with the oozing, and bleeding for eleven days. I went back too work after three days boy was that a mistake ,but my dr.said that you can go back too your normal routine . Wearing shoes in my case work boots was not sound advice coming from a professional and now it's worst than when the nail was on.

Dec 22, 2014
One of the lucky ones, maybe. NEW
by: Anonymous

I had both big toenails removed on 3rd November, 2014. Yes it was uncomfortable during the anesthetic injection, felt nothing after that. No pain or discomfort when the anesthetic had worn off. Of course I was very careful not to stubb my toes. I drove the next day, no problems, I had some Crock slip on shoes, very comfortable. Three days later, had the first change of dressing. No problems, I was told to give the toes a salt bath every day, which I did twice a day when changing the dressings.
Five weeks after the removal, I no longer needed to bath them as the scab was now well formed with no infection. Now seven weeks later, waiting for the scabs to come off.

Dec 04, 2014
ingrown toenails frustration NEW
by: Anonymous

I had partial toenail removal with phenol performed on 3 toes about 4 months ago.Podiatrists keep saying that it is possible to come back to work one day after an op which in my opinion is absolutely ridiculous.I have had a few infections since August and has been unable to walk/wear a shoe for almost a month.It is December now and my toes are still sore but the worst thing is I have a regrowth and it looks like I will have to repeat the procedure. I cannot believe that doctors today cope so well with different very serious diseases while a simple ingrown toenail is still such a problem.

Dec 04, 2014
ingrown toenails frustration NEW
by: Anonymous

I had partial toenail removal with phenol performed on 3 toes about 4 months ago.Podiatrists keep saying that it is possible to come back to work one day after an op which in my opinion is absolutely ridiculous.I have had a few infections since August and has been unable to walk/wear a shoe for almost a month.It is December now and my toes are still sore but the worst thing is I have a regrowth and it looks like I will have to repeat the procedure. I cannot believe that doctors today cope so well with different very serious diseases while a simple ingrown toenail is still such a problem.

Nov 28, 2014
Good, but still recovering. NEW
by: Corey

Just had an ingrown toenail removed yesterday on Thursday. I'm 15 and have ingrown toenails on both big toes on both sides of the toe. I got both sides of the left toe done yesterday on Thursday. The whole surgery I could not feel a thing, the injections stung a bit though. After the surgery the anaesthetic wore off but I was still fine. Everyone says it hurts after it wears off, but to be honest I'm fine no pain at all, after the first night I woke up and felt that the bandage is getting a bit tight. I think my toe is starting to swell up. I don't know if I should see the doctor again about the swelling as it is getting tighter. The antibiotics don't do anything for me or the swelling. Day 2 still fine. Happy that the surgery is over but wasn't as bad as I thought.

Nov 28, 2014
Left toenail removed NEW
by: Anonymous

After 6 years of constant ingrown toenail pain I had the procedure to remove it . Im on the second course of antibiotics and was kept over night in hospital to observe and treat the infection and pain Reading the other stories here has helped as I thought it was just me being a wimp but the pain is terrible and unrelenting it took endone last night in hospital to relieve that now im back home the dame thing has puss ozzing out for the last two hours.I am not sure what to do now spose ill just wait and see and see what happens

Nov 16, 2014
partial removal, big mistake NEW
by: Anonymous

Had the opp for partial removal on 7th October. since then had two infections. Currently on my second lot of antibiotics but yet to see any improvement. I am on my feet all day every day as I cannot take time off work. (doctor has advised me this is fine) My toes still weep through the dressings. I was told I would be back in shoes the day after the opp which is absolutely ridiculous. Something needs to be done to warn people.

Nov 13, 2014
The pain is worth it NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my right big toenail removed. and yes it was horribly painful. But i am now one month after and have a huge scab and still have to wear bigger shoes but its worth it now. I had a horrible bad toe/ fungus/ ingrown...if you hit it i would almost cry...and this went on for years...but now I can put full pressure on my toe!!! yah...but I never soaked mine..i never got my foot wet for a month....

Nov 12, 2014
THROBBING INTENSE PAIN NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the ingrown toenail removed on both sides of both big toes. It has been 7 days and the pain is HORRIFIC. I don't have any sign of infection but intense pain especially at bedtime. Should I go back to the doctor or is this normal to be in this much pain 7 days out?

Oct 25, 2014
advice please? NEW
by: laura

I had the side strips of my nails removed- not as bad as I expected! The needles were a little sore but didnt even have much discomfort afterwards.

Didnt get any advice for after though and no post op appointment- my podiatrist gave me strict instructions to bathe them and apply dressings but when I saw the nurse at my GP she said "just put a plaster on them" and refused to give me any dressings. I work in a hospital and know the importance of infection control and about keeping wounds clean! So far Iโ€™ve spent ยฃ24 on dressings for 10 days!
Bit worried because if Iโ€™m on my feet longer than 30minutes they go completely numb- not sure whether this is normal or not? Also not sure whether to persevier with the feeling or if itโ€™s a sign to stop and rest.
Any advice would be good!

Oct 25, 2014
advice please? NEW
by: laura

I had the side strips of my nails removed- not as bad as I expected! The needles were a little sore but didnt even have much discomfort afterwards.

Didnt get any advice for after though and no post op appointment- my podiatrist gave me strict instructions to bathe them and apply dressings but when I saw the nurse at my GP she said "just put a plaster on them" and refused to give me any dressings. I work in a hospital and know the importance of infection control and about keeping wounds clean! So far Iโ€™ve spent ยฃ24 on dressings for 10 days!
Bit worried because if Iโ€™m on my feet longer than 30minutes they go completely numb- not sure whether this is normal or not? Also not sure whether to persevier with the feeling or if itโ€™s a sign to stop and rest.
Any advice would be good!

Oct 15, 2014
Terrible pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I had ingrown toenails on both my big toes partially removed last Thurs and it's still so painful Im moving my post op appointment up because I can't take the pain!!! And fyi I had a hysterectomy in March and was completely cut open, that's nothing compared to this pain :(

Oct 11, 2014
painful as heck NEW
by: Anonymous

Finally, 3 1/2 months later my toe is so much better. I have problem bending it but am exercising the big toe. Joint painful when I bend it. I now know why they do this to torture people. It is painful. But, I must say I am 95 percent better. Hope you all finally get better too. This is a great site as you all helped me understand the pain I was having must of you also had. Thank you.

Oct 06, 2014
toenail torment NEW
by: GV

I had partial toenail removal with phenol on 3 toes.it has been 8 weeks since the surgery and i have got infection for the second time on one of the toes.I have been told many times that phenol surgery is such a simple procedure and you can go to work 3 days after,well not in my case.it seems like never ending trouble.I haveล„t had a sock or a shoe on my feet for 4 months now yet my wounds havent healed so far.in addition i am worried my toenail will regrow and i will have to repeat the surgery and spend another 4 months at home

Sep 19, 2014
infection after surgery NEW
by: sharon

just to say that i empathize with the comments that i have read im going through it at the moment i had my big toenail removed 7 weeks ago and have had two infections its so painful and debilitating ive lost some confidence also when you go out and people are walking about you get nervous of the thought of someone stepping on you i had a gallbladder op 5years ago and it was painful but i feel that the nail surgery i have had is more!

Sep 08, 2014
Infection and pain: not worth the surgery... NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank God for this site, because I feel the same way as many of you who wrote on here.
I had the side of my toe nail removed on the right, Last Tuesday. Since then I got an infection & have not been able to sleep, due to constant throbbing. In addition, I had to go to urgent care because I am a diabetic. My foot swelled-up so bad and I had a funny smelling discharge coming from my foot. I was given antibiotics, pain medication & an injection in my butt to stop cellulitis from spreading up my leg. I was also told I had a an abscess that needed to be soaked 4x a day for 20 mins. The epson salt also burned my foot and I had to stop soaking in it for a few soaks.
This surgery is not worth the pain and anguish of going through all the above. I wish I never got it done. I was better off with the pain of the ingrown nail than this. I pray my foot heals soon cause the pain at night is unbearable and I have not gotten a full nights sleep since the 3rd night of the surgery.

Aug 15, 2014
OMG Never again. NEW
by: sore as heck

So, I had a bad fungal infection that after 12 years and lots of meds, made me decide on having my large toe nail removed. The surgery was fine, pain pills and antibiotic(oral). Soak in betadine and warm water twice daily, dry, apply Betadine apply vandalised. You will be fine. No, you will not. I have never had such pain in my life. First couple days were ok. By Fifth day pain set in. No pain pills only Advil. THROBING,SORE,PAINFUL IF SHEET HITS IT. So this is not a surgery I could e Dr tell anyone to have. Now 6 weeks later and I am plagued with pain at night to point of no sleep. Healing is very slow, and I can only wear sandals. My foot swells if down to long. Please tell me it gets better. I just feel like crying.

Jul 30, 2014
triple antibiotic NEW
by: Anonymous

I think the most important thing is to keep it dressed and use triple antibiotic on it. Also the daily soaking in epsom salt then let dry and dress it as above. Just fyi sams club sells the epsom in a large bucket at a good price. You'll need a lot of it before your done. Also the best way I know to detect infection on your own is to smell the discharge on your dressing. I know it sounds gross but if it smells like something rotten you know you've got a problem. I hope this helps some of you, good luck!

Jul 30, 2014
Pain!!!! NEW
by: heidi

hi, I'm now 2 weeks after 2 big toenails being removed, I'm about finished the antibiotic course and will hav to go for more as infection still pretty bad, I'm so glad i found this page and read everyone else's comments on toenail removal as i thot it must jst b me a slow healer, but still in a lot of pain and lunge weeping out 2 weeks later

Jul 29, 2014
10 toe nails removed NEW
by: Anonymous

I had all 10 toe nails removed on the 17 of July . I am still in so much pain I can hardly walk and just would like this to be over with. If I would have known the pain I would be in diabetic or not I would have never done this. Does anyone have any advice for me ?

Jul 25, 2014
Infection is back NEW
by: Anonymous

So 2 days ago I had the removal on my big toe on my right foot. Before the removal it was badly infected with the cell sticking out that was stuck to the skin and I finally took off the bandage to soak it and it looks like it did before with the cell of the skin out over the rest of the nail and I don't know why. What do I do? Please help!

Jul 05, 2014
Toe nail removal with phenol NEW
by: Suzanne

I had toe nail removal 24th June with phenol big toe and the one next to it I'm in a lot of pain it is oozing grunge all the time especially the big toe I went back to the hospital day after surgery for them to change dressing I change dressing twice a day now I left dressing off yesterday as I thought fresh air would dry it out it's really hurting now I don't know if it's infected I'm a diabetic can someone advise

Jun 21, 2014
pain swollen NEW
by: debbue

Had both toe nails of a week ago when the nurse change the dressing it's very saw swollen painfull it seemed fin the day after how long will this go one she thinks it just burnt from the chemical there put on

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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