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Posted on Sat, 15 Jul 2017 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: yes, my big toe on my left foot has been red for about 2 weeks below the nail for about an inch down from nail. It also is the width of my toe. It bothers me when I walk. It's not very painful, but is sensitive to the touch..
I did get a tick bite about 5-6 weeks ago with no symptoms of Lyme disease that I know of. Would this be a result of that bite?
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 19 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Inflammatory tissue reaction most likely from a tick bite .

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,
Thanks for using HealthcareMagic,
I have evaluated your query thoroughly.

* Inflammatory tissue reaction ( most probably from tick bite ) likely.

Kindly provide some details so that I can answer your query completely.

1. Was the tick bite at the same site
2. Area is raised above the skin surface means obvious swelling, if yes feel any
content inside as fluid or other, any difference in overlying skin temperature
3. Any systemic features as fever or other
4. Progress of redness since 2 weeks
5. Associated illness as diabetes or other
6. If feasible and no objection, a high-resolution photograph as an attachment will
be of great help to evaluate it more precisely

Awaiting your response.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
Follow up: Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 1 hour later
1. The tick bite was on my inner thigh of my right leg. The inflammation is on my left foot big toe.
2. Yes the inflamed area is somewhat raised compared to my right foot big toe. The skin feels somewhat warmer compared to my right foot big toe.
3. I have had no fever since the tick bite.
4. The redness has slowly moved down my toe with the last 2 wks. It i now 3/4's of an inch down from my nail and it extends down both sides of my toe.
5. I do not have diabetes or any other diseases.
6. I cannot figure out how to send you a photograph of the toe with my iPhone and then attach it to this email. I can take a photo with my iPhone and send it directly from my phone if you give me your email or the sites email address.
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
Developing boil or abscess .

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the details herewith .

* Seems developing boil or abscess likely .

1. Was there any history of trauma or excessive compression over that area just
before the 1-2 days of appearance
2. If you have problem in sending the photograph here you can send it to my

Regards .
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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