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What are the symptoms of a toe infection?

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You might have an infected toe if you notice:

Diabetes can prevent you from feeling that you might have an infection, so check your feet every day. Look for redness, swelling, pus, and other signs of infection.

  • Redness
  • Soreness or pain
  • A pus-filled blister, or pus that drains from your toe
  • Cracked, thickened, yellow toenails (from a fungal infection)

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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