Bacterial toenail infection
This all started two weeks ago today. I removed an ingrown toenail on my right toe. The nail was ingrown at the root, so I had to lift it up to trim it. I soaked before I did this and after. Normally, if infection occurs, it goes away in a few days with peroxide/alcohol soaks. This infection did not. It grew very worse, and exactly a week later, I went to the local urgent care that takes my insurance. (I am at college and my primary care physician is three hours away). I knew something was very wrong because my toe became numb, and I could no longer feel the pain, yet it was still very infected. The doctor drew a line on my toe where the infection met my healthy skin (almost halfway up my toe towards my foot) and told me if it went past that line I'd have to come back to the hospital for intraveneous antibiotics and to not be embarrassed because if it went that far I could lose my toe. He prescribed my Keflex 500mg 4x a day for 10 days and warm epsom soaks.
I have been on the medicine/soaks for exactly a week, and in the first few days, I noticed significant improvements. However, in the past couple of days, I have noticed no improvements. The pain has come back, but is this normal? (My foot got to a point where it was numb from the infection). The redness/inflammation of the infection has not receded from where it was originally, and I am not sure if I should be concerned. The redness has greatly reduced, however. I do not have any noticable pus or drainage, but I barely had any when the infection was at its worst. (I think this is because it was so deep). I have today and three more days following of medicine. I took ibprofen for the pain yesterday and also today.
Should I wait to finish my medicine or go back to urgent care now? It feels infected to me, if that makes any sense. It feels tingly and sore.
Last edited by troubadour; 02-08-2007 at 11:25 AM.