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Posted by TAMI on November 09, 2000 at 18:41:33:

In Reply to: Re: my daughters in growing toe nail posted by cragfoot on November 06, 2000 at 15:34:10:

: : my daughter has been suffering for 10weeks with a severely infected in growing toe nail. minor ops have been planned three times and have been put off due to infection. she is feeling unwell and in a lot of pain. she is away from home at school and i am concerned that she has had at least 6 courses of anti-biotics...what can i do...i am worried she will loose her toe or get scepticeamia (sorry if spect wrong). Is this possible?

: The minor ops you refer to needs to be done to clear up the infection. An incision &
: drainage is needed. In more serious infected ingrown nails, antibiotics alone will not clear
: up the infection. The nail part that is in the skin needs to be removed. This is routinely done
: when a person has an infected toe. For it to be put off because of the infection is stupid, because
: the procedure is what allows the infection to be cleared up. The person who says you need the
: infection cleared up first does not know what they are talking about for this problem.
: The very fact she has had the problem for 10 wks is proof. If you would have gone to an expert, the problem
: would have been cleared up 2 months ago.
Be sure to take her to a PODIATRIST for her ingrowing toenail.I wonder that the Dr hasn't done some sort of culture when the infection has proven non-responsive to the antibiotics already tried.Are you soaking it in epsam salts and HOT water on a daily basis?This will also help reduce the inflammation and infection. once you get to the stage of having the toenail removed have the Dr. also apply the substance (some sort of black chemical) that actually kills the root of the nail so it won't return. It doesn't have to be the entire nail just the side that in ingrowing. IT WILL RETURN if you don't as they are due to a genetic predisposition.

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