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Itchy and red toe followed by swelling, redness spread to foot, no flakes. What could be the cause?

I woke up 2 days ago with my pinky toe being very itchy and red. It has now swollen quite a bit and the redness has spread to the top of my foot just above my toes. My 4th toe (would be ring finger on hand) next to the small toe is also starting to swell . No flaky skin as in Athlete s Foot and no visible signs of any spider or insect bite.
Asked On : Thu, 26 Jul 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response

You might be having soft tissue infection following either minor trauma or insect bite. It may be cellultis. It is bacterial infection mostly staphylococcal.

Blood test should be done to rule out SM,HIV,anaemia and other internal diseases.

Oral strong antibiotics and anti inflammatory drugs should be taken for 2 to 3 weeks.

Serratopeptidase may be taken to reduce oedema.

Bed rest with elevation of legs may be taken for few weeks.

Improve health with nutritious food.

Improve hygiene , dettol liquid may be used during bath.

Immunobusters may be taken to increase immunity.

I hope you got my answer.


Dr. Ilyas Patel MD
Answered: Fri, 11 Oct 2013
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