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What causes swollen toe after cutting the toe?

I cut my pinky toe slightly when cutting my toenails. It looked as if it got infected a couple of days later. I then went to the doctor and she prescribed an antibiotic called ciprofloxacin. She tried to release the swelling that was causing me pain, by pricking the toe with a needle and squeezing the toe. But no puss would and little blood came out. I hurt it a little over a week ago and it is still hurting, a little swollen and somewhat blue. Not sure what to do next - other than return back to the doctor. I was told that if I hadn't had blood work done recently (which I had) that I should have myself checked for diabetes.
Sat, 7 Jun 2014
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Yes, your doctor has advised you correctly.Check your blood sugars once,to rule out diabetes.
As you have not mentioned your age, Type 2 diabetes most commonly affects people>40 years of age.It is usually diagnosed incidentally.
Diabetes is one of the common causes for delayed wound healing.
Also take analgesics like ibuprofen and serratiopeptidase containing tablets.That will help you to decrease then pain and swelling.
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What causes swollen toe after cutting the toe?

Hello, Welcome to HCM Yes, your doctor has advised you correctly.Check your blood sugars once,to rule out diabetes. As you have not mentioned your age, Type 2 diabetes most commonly affects people 40 years of age.It is usually diagnosed incidentally. Diabetes is one of the common causes for delayed wound healing. Also take analgesics like ibuprofen and serratiopeptidase containing tablets.That will help you to decrease then pain and swelling. Hope you are happy with the answer. Thank you