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Had pedicure, pus discharge, blisters,swelling, bad pain. Will I be okay?

Hi I had a pedicure Friday morning every thing was ok no pain nothing. Ealy hours that night I was woken up by a really bad pain in my big toe. The next morning it was swollen and red I couldn't walk on it. As the day was getting on I notice a white blister then it bust and was pussy. It is still the same today throbbing and still has pus coming out of it it's not as red and swollen as it was Saturday but it is still throbbing and pain full. Can u tell me if I need to see the doctor? Thank you
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
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Many people face similar problem after getting pedicure or manicure done in salon. You have basically developed a bacterial infection known as paronychia. This occurs as during pedicure or manicure it is a common practice to remove cuticle. Cuticle is a has a barrier function for nails and prevents any infection from developing. To treat the same, soak your feet in warm saline water for few minutes followed by application of topical antibacterial cream. If its too painful take oral analgesic like Brufen. Also avoid wearing occlusive foot wear till the area heals. Hopefully it should resolve in couple of days. If the infection seems to persist, consult a doctor to get a prescription of oral antibiotic.

When you get your next session done, ask the personnel not to touch your nail cuticle!

Take care.
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Dermatologist Dr. Johny Chacko's  Response

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You got a bacterial infection over your big toe, we call it furuncle or boil. You can do warm compresses to decrease pain and throbbing. Topical antibiotic cream like mupirocin2% thrice a day will help. A course of oral antibiotics will clear the pain and infection faster but you need doctor's prescription for it. You can take paracetamol for your pain two to three times a day.

Hope this helped

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