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How do you treat an infected hangnail on your big toe?

How do you treat an infected hangnail on your big toe?

How to treat an infected hangnail

  1. Soak the infected area in warm water once or twice a day for 20 minutes.
  2. After your initial soak, cut the hangnail off.
  3. Rub vitamin E oil or cream on the affected area to prevent another hangnail.
  4. Use a topical antibiotic cream on the infected hangnail for a few days.

What happens if an infected toenail goes untreated?

In some cases, an untreated ingrown toenail can spread the infection to the bone beneath the nail. And, if the infection continues to be left untreated, it can even enter the bloodstream and cause a serious condition, such as sepsis or gangrene.

What should I do if I have a hangnail infection on my toe?

In the initial stage of hangnail infection where pus has not formed, clean the affected area with warm water or soap water. However, if the hangnail is infected then the best way is to drain the pus. Soak the affected toe in warm water.

Why does my hangnail on my toe hurt?

Bacteria may enter through the fresh wound and increase the risk of infection. In case of hangnail on toes the most important cause is dry skin. Once infection occurs the patient may complain of pain, redness, swelling and pus formation.

What kind of infection can you get on your toenails?

Infection occurs when bacteria or fungus get under the skin. An infection between the nail and the skin is called paronychia. Hangnails commonly occur on the fingernails and are sometimes also found on the toenails. Bacterial infections can produce symptoms almost immediately, while fungal infections may take longer to appear. Warm water soak.

Can a hangnail infection spread to the foot?

Rarely, the infection can spread to the hand or foot. This can be very serious, resulting in a loss of sensation or mobility, and can put the extremity at risk of amputation. Infections are more likely to spread in people with diabetes or other circulation disorders. Hangnails occur when the skin around the nail becomes irritated or damaged.

Is it possible to have a hangnail on your toe?

A hangnail is a piece of skin near the root of the nail that appears jagged and torn. Hangnails generally appear on the fingers and not on the toes, though it’s possible to have one around a toenail. A hangnail isn’t the same condition as an infected or ingrown nail.

What does it mean when your toenail is infected?

An infection in the skin around the toenail is called paronychia. It’s normally caused by a bacterium. The toenail can also be infected with a fungus. If your toe is infected, one of these things might be to blame:

What does it mean if your child has an ingrown toenail?

Dr. Gellner:An ingrown toenail is a toenail that grows into the skin of the toe, and it’s usually the big toe. It causes your child to have tenderness, redness, and swelling of the skin around the corner of the toenail on one of the big toes.

What to do if you have a fungal infection on your hangnail?

Fungal infections appear more frequently in those who have diabetes or who spend a large amount of time with their hands exposed in water. A mild to moderate hangnail infection can usually be treated at home. Follow these steps for home treatment: Soak the infected area in warm water once or twice a day for 20 minutes.