Nail Infection

Nail infection that develops in the edges of the fingernails and toenails is called paronychia. It is the most common bacterial nail infection. The risk factors include injury to the nail, cutting your nails, and constant exposure of your hands to water.

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What is the possible infection of a big toe in a foot which is swollen and painful?

Query: Hello doctor, My left foot big toe has been swollen and painful for a couple of months. I first thought it was an ingrown toenail. I consulted a doctor who thought it was a fungus or grout. I have checked for both, and they are negative. I cannot get an appointment with the specialist for more tha...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Fitness Expert, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Physiotherapist, Spine Health Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It appears from the description that you have an infection in the great toe. the question is which type If fungal culture has been done and found to be negative then remaining options are bacterial (staphylococcus) or gram-negative infection. The treatment is loca...  Read Full »

Why is my toenail attached to the skin underneath?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 54 year old male. My height is 165 cm and weight is 62 kg. Currently, I take Stamlo 5 twice a day and Eltroxin 50 mcg once daily. I have dry feet. I keep using foot care cream to make my feet look normal. My toe nails seem to stick with the skin as they grow. I have attached the p...  Read Full »


Dr. Sunil Kothiwala

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hypothyroidism is a well known cause for dry skin. Your nails in the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity) look yellow, thickened, and detached from the nail bed. Are you itching over the feet? It may be onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the nail. I w...  Read Full »

I have recurrent bruising under the nail. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor,Three years ago, on a trip after walking around all day, my big toe on my left foot began to hurt. When I removed my shoe, I had bruising under the nail. I contributed it to the new balance shoes I was wearing. It got worse and I eventually I lost the nail on that toe. The nail grew bac...  Read Full »


Dr. Bhushan Nagpure

General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Judging by your description, it looks like a subungual hematoma. Usually, it is resolved by a procedure known as decompression. It is an OPD procedure performed by a licensed physician. I would suggest you plan your visit to a local physician as soon as possible to a...  Read Full »

A 72-year-old diabetic gets on and off swelling in the toe. Kindly advice.

Query: Hello doctor,My mother-in-law 72 years old. She gets swelling in her toe on and off for the past year. Recently there was pus inside, and she is having pain. After soaking the toe in hot water and betadine, discharge came out, but it is relapsing again. She had antibiotic too. She has diabetes but u...  Read Full »


Dr. Noushif M

General Surgeon, Medical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. She has an infection in the nail bed space. Need to focus on three things. 1. Her diabetics need better control. Better diet modification with medicines. HBA1c is too high. 2. The nail needs to be trimmed well regularly, and the area needs to be cared well daily. S...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for an infected ingrown nail?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an ingrown toenail and it has got infected. I suffer from a lot of pain while wearing shoes. I have this pea-sized bubble like thing which bleeds on the side of my toenail. I have attached a picture of my toenail. It is a swelling, and I wonder what can I do to take it away, oth...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.I have seen your clinical picture and gone through your query (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I would strongly advise you to undergo a partial nail excision, debridement and daily dressing of the wound until it shows healthy granulation tissue. It is...  Read Full »

I am having bleeding and pus discharge from toenail. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have toenail problem. I had bleeding and pus formation. I consulted a doctor and she had prescribed the following treatment. Tablet Novamox CV 625 three times a day for five days. Apply T-bact ointment twice a day. After taking the above treatment, the pus formation stopped. But there ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. How did this start? Did you have trauma to the nail? Is it painful? Is it only one to nail? How many times it has bled? You have mentioned there was pus, was it greenish? Or just frank white pus? Does it smell bad? Your other toenails appear yellow (attachment removed t...  Read Full »

My wife has swelling and pain on her toe. Does she require surgery?

Query: Hello doctor,My wife has swelling and pain on her toe (pictures attached). Sometimes, blood and pus also secrete from it. Can you please suggest what we should do? Can this be healed through medicine? Please advise the medicine we should use. Does she require any surgery? Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Datta Ram Udayagiri

General Surgeon, Surgical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Does she have any comorbidities like diabetes? Does she have a fever too? It looks like a condition called paronychia or periungual abscess, an infection of the nail fold and bed. It needs the f...  Read Full »

What can be done for foul odor from toenail?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 85 years old. She is diabetic and blind. She is complaining of foul odor from under her big toe nail. The nail looks like it is normal. What should we do?  Read Full »


Dr. Damanjit Duggal

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, Internal Medicine Physician, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your mother seems to have paronychia. Paronychia is the infection of the finger or toenail along the edge. It might be a bacterial or fungal infection. Accordingly, she will require a topical antibiotic or antifungal application. If the infection is severe, she mig...  Read Full »

What is the cause for seperation of nail from nail bed?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 50 years old female, went through menopause but otherwise I am healthy. There is a problem with my nails. Out of 10 nails, six nails have one-third of the nails separated from the nail beds, with a v shape, looking white underneath, rest of the nails are looking pinkish pale. The na...  Read Full »


Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You seem to have a condition known as onycholysis, which is characterized by the separation of the nail from its nail bed. Causes could be either a fungal infection (onychomycosis) or ...  Read Full »

Why is there fungus on the nail beds of my fingers and toes?

Query: Hello doctor, Why do I have fungus on the nail beds of my hands and feet?  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim

Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Nail bed fungal infection could be due to either continuous exposure to water or immune deficiency. It is treated with a systemic antifungal for six months and keeping nails dry most of the time. Immune-deficient conditions should be excluded. Please send me a pho...  Read Full »

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