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When are you more likely to get toe infections?

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You're more likely to get an infected toe if you have diabetes. Damage to your blood vessels from high blood sugar can make it harder for your body to fight off infections. And diabetic nerve damage can prevent you from feeling minor trauma that could lead to a toe infection. If you have a weakened immune system, you’re also more likely to get toe infections. This includes people with HIV, or those who've had an organ transplant.

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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