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How is a toe infection treated?

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If bacteria caused the infection, an antibiotic cream or pill can clear up the problem. Fungal infections are treated with antifungal pills or cream. You can buy antifungal medicines over the counter or with a prescription from your doctor. To treat an ingrown toenail, your doctor might lift the nail and place a piece of cotton or a splint underneath it. This will help the nail grow away from your skin. If lifting doesn't work, the doctor can remove part or all of the affected nail. Sometimes the infection can cause a pus-filled blister to form. Your doctor might have to drain the blister.

From: Is My Toe Infected? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Paronychia."

American Diabetes Association: "Foot Care."

Cleveland Clinic: "How You Can Stop Foot and Toenail Fungus In Its Tracks."

Diabetes New Zealand: "Infections."

Fairview: "Ingrown Toenail, Infected (Antibiotics, No Excision)."

Mayo Clinic: "Ingrown toenails: Overview," "Ingrown toenails: Treatment."

Nemours Foundation: "Infections: Paronychia."

Wound Care Society: "How to treat infected toe at home without antibiotics?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 26, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Paronychia."

American Diabetes Association: "Foot Care."

Cleveland Clinic: "How You Can Stop Foot and Toenail Fungus In Its Tracks."

Diabetes New Zealand: "Infections."

Fairview: "Ingrown Toenail, Infected (Antibiotics, No Excision)."

Mayo Clinic: "Ingrown toenails: Overview," "Ingrown toenails: Treatment."

Nemours Foundation: "Infections: Paronychia."

Wound Care Society: "How to treat infected toe at home without antibiotics?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 26, 2019

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