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Has white sore with pus between toe. Toe is swollen and hurts to walk. Treatment?

my husband noticed a white sore between his 4th n 5th toe, next day it cracked open then pus coming out of it. soaked in epsom salt several times a day the bacitracin. he says he feels a hard area when trying to get the pus out. been treating it but now toes r swelling n red area developed from toes up the foot. warm to touch. hurts to walk. guessing local infection n possible cellulitis.. any input
Asked On : Thu, 2 May 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi Pranab,

Thanks for the query.

I completely understand your concern and I hope I am able to help you for the same.
Looks like your husdand has developed cellulitis over the feet.
We can try conservative treatment first but if the condition continues to worsen , then you might need to consult a physician.
Avoid touching it too much.
Avoid using any kind of cold dreams or hair it might increase the lesion
You can start using any topical antibiotic/antiseptic cream(like mupirocin cream) over the lesion for 2-3 days
Take some pain killers along for relieving the associated pain and discomfort
keep foot end elevated esp at night in order to prevent any swelling
Oral antibiotics are required if the cellulitis increases, which a dermatologist / physician can examine and suggest

Take care

Wishing your husband speedy recovery

Dr Geetika Paul
Answered: Thu, 2 May 2013
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