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What causes infected ingrown toenail?

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: I have an infected ingrown toenail. Will a Z Pack clear the infection?
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Answered by Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Not the appropriate antibiotic

Detailed Answer:
Hi and welcome.
Zpack is not appropriate for ingrown nails.

You need to use amoxicillin and clavulanic acid for 5 days 1 g per day. This is a prescription medication and you will need to approach your doctor for it.
Also, you need to have baths in warm salty water daily.

If there is no improvement you need to see a surgeon. They would be able to remove the ingrown toenail with a minor surgery. Normally done with some local anesthetic.

Wish you good health.regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (41 minutes later)
I am allergic to penicillin. Is there another antibiotic that I can take for this?
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Answered by Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
yes

Detailed Answer:
Yes,you should take cirprofloxacinum 2x250mg and klindamicin 2 x300mg
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
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Follow up: Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (23 hours later)
Can I take cephalexin if I'm allergic to penicillin?
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Answered by Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Yrd

Detailed Answer:
yes.it can be taken,but together with metronidazole
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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What causes infected ingrown toenail?

Brief Answer: Not the appropriate antibiotic Detailed Answer: Hi and welcome. Zpack is not appropriate for ingrown nails. You need to use amoxicillin and clavulanic acid for 5 days 1 g per day. This is a prescription medication and you will need to approach your doctor for it. Also, you need to have baths in warm salty water daily. If there is no improvement you need to see a surgeon. They would be able to remove the ingrown toenail with a minor surgery. Normally done with some local anesthetic. Wish you good health.regards