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Painful toes from exercising, liquid oozes from nails, swelling. Is it an infection?

Hi I have been walking on tredmil for couple of days had to wear sneakers. I hadnt worne sneakers in over 2 years my big toe nails started hurting really bad. I have problems with ingrown toe nails so decided to remove them like I always do . When I did something popped from all 4 corners of toe nails causing clear sticky liquid to come out. 1 hour later my toes are a bit swollen and they hurt so bad I cant slep. Im soaking them in epsom salt. What should I do. I dont want an infection on my torss. Please help
Asked On : Sat, 2 Feb 2013
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Thanks for writing to us.
It seems due to ingrowth of toenails(also known as onychocryptosis) and due to wearing ill fitted sneakers, the skin around your nail edges or the nail folds have developed infection and inflammation. To treat the same
Soak your feet twice in warm saline water
Apply an antibiotic steroid cream over the nail folds
Take antiinflammatory painkiller like Brufen.
If the swelling does not subside in two to three days or pus discharge continues, a course of oral antibiotic might be required.
Always trim your nail straight instead of cutting it in round shape. Wear open sandals or comfortable fitting shoes.
Sometimes if ingrowth is severe nail avulsion( surgical or chemical) might be required.
Hope that answers your query. Take care.
Answered: Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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