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Cut on toe, swelling, infection, pain. Should I go to the E.R. or will the cephalexin help kill the infection off?

Hello the other day I got a lil cut opening in between my toes and im guessing it got infected because one of my toes started getting swollen so I decided to take sum cephalexin that a doctor had prescribed me for athletes foot , it seems likethe swelling\infection is spreading and it really hurts I cant even walk on it and it pulses really bad should I go to the E.R. or will the cephalexin help kill the infection off?? please help I cant even sleep too much pain..
Asked On : Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Dec 2012
Hello Ruben,

Thanks for posting on HCM,

My advise is you should first of all go to the ER. Cephalexin is a first generation cephalosporin antibiotics that could get rid of the infection. The reason why I suggest you to go to the ER is because the infection might be purulent and might require surgical drainage or cleaning before the treatment with antibiotics and analgesia can become effective. Try applying some ice parks or cool gauze damped in alcoholic solution. Then you can rush to the ER.

Hope this helps
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