On the 10th of this month I had an ingrown toenail removed on the right side of the large toe on my right foot.
All was well at first I did the soaks and it drained but after about a week the upper part of my toe started to turn red. I had my 2 week checkup and told the specialist that it was still draining and very painful. It was also darker red and puffy by the most sore spot. He said I was just having an allergic response to the chemical he used to kill the nail to keep it from coming back.
Ok since the doc wasn't much help and just told me to use a steroid cream and call him in 3 weeks if it was still there or had gotten worse can you help me?
My complaint is that the upper part of my large toe has turned red although it is not hot it is just red. The lower area of my toenail where the ingrown part was removed it's darker red and puffy. It is also highly painful in that area and slightly painful in the area where the tip of the ingrown part was trying to come through the tip of my toe. Although the tip of my toe isn't darker red or nearly as painful.
I have a picture that I drew on where the red starts and where the painful areas are. The larger circle is where it is most painful and darker red/puffy.
I was doing 2 soaks a day of epsom salt and bandaging with neosporin but I was told not to do that by a family member because I could cause an infection in it. I tried to let it dry out but I couldn't with the pain and swelling it caused. I tried the cream the doc recommended but it just became more swollen to the point that I thought it was going to burst. I switched from that a couple of days ago to leaving it open during the day and using hydrogen peroxide 2x daily and at night putting a bandage on with neosporin which has helped but the lower part is still a bit puffy and is still very sore. It has started to drain again also.
I'm going to call the doc and schedule an appointment to see what he has to say but would like to hear what you think also.
Oh and to answer a couple more question from the "read this section"
I am starting to do things since I changed over to the peroxide and neosporin like swimming (major hot streak here is wa usa) and working with my horses wearing regular shoes but it's still very sore and throbs. I take extra strength tylenol which helps but only if I don't touch it again after I do the treatment. A couple of days ago it was hard to walk even barefoot because my toe throbbed.
Here is the picture. I hope that helps.
Thank you for any help you can give me.