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How do you know if your toe is infected after ingrown toenail surgery?

How do you know if your toe is infected after ingrown toenail surgery?

Call your provider if you notice:

  1. Your toenail is not healing.
  2. Fever or chills.
  3. Pain, even after taking pain-relief medicine.
  4. Bleeding from the toenail.
  5. Pus from the toenail.
  6. Swelling or redness of the toe or foot.
  7. Regrowth of the nail into the skin of the toe.

Why is my ingrown toenail not healing after surgery?

While uncommon, it’s also possible for the doctor to damage deeper parts of the nail bed during surgery. This could cause drainage and poor healing. Even after surgery, your toenail can become ingrown again. Sometimes this is because the new nail can grow in curved.

How long does it take for an ingrown toenail to heal after surgery?

Ingrown Toenail Surgery Recovery Full healing of the surgical site can take between two to six weeks, and in some cases longer. The most common post-surgery complication is infection, especially if there was an infection present before the procedure.

How do I know if my ingrown toenail is healing after surgery?

Toe is bandaged in much the same manner as in a partial procedure, but pain and healing tend to take a week or so longer. After healing is complete the site of nail removal gets covered with healthy skin that from a distance can resemble a normal nail. Over the course of 8-12 months a new nail grows back.

How long after ingrown toenail surgery can I get it wet?

Avoid swimming until healed and reduce strenuous sporting activities. If part of your nail has been removed it will usually take six to eight weeks to heal. If all of your nail has been removed it will usually take eight to ten weeks to heal.

Should I put Neosporin on a removed toenail?

Using a cotton swab, remove all dried drainage and dead skin within the nail groove(s). Soak for 10-15 minutes two times a day until no further drainage is noted and the skin is normal in color, apply Neosporin or a topical triple antibiotic ointment. Cover the toe with a Band-Aid when wearing shoes.

What is COVID toe look like?

In skin of color, COVID toes can cause a purplish discoloration, as the toe circled in red shows. You may also see swelling and round brownish purple spots (B). What you may see with COVID toes: The condition may develop on your toes, fingers, or both.

How do you treat an infected toenail after removal?

Antibiotic ointment will be applied to the toe immediately after the procedure. The ointment is soothing and helps the toe to heal faster. You should apply the antibiotic ointment twice daily until the wound is completely healed.

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