What do you do for an infected toe from a pedicure?

What do you do for an infected toe from a pedicure?

Soak your toe in a warm foot bath with unscented Epsom salt. Do this several times a day for the first few days. Always dry your foot completely after soaking. Soaking your ingrown or infected toe will help relieve the pain and pressure of an infection. It can also help to draw out pus from your toe.

What does a bacterial toe infection look like?

Bacterial infection causes red, swollen, painful skin and possibly yellow or green pus.

What diseases can you get from pedicures?

The abrasive metal tools used in pedicures sometimes cause bleeding, and if they’re not sterilized between use, can transfer blood-borne illness to other customers. Pedicures are particularly notorious for spreading hepatitis B and C, which can develop into deadly cirrhosis or liver cancer.

How common are infections from pedicures?

One podiatrist interviewed by the HuffPost estimates that she sees “about 10 to 12 patients a week that come in with fungal or viral infections, like warts and athlete’s foot, caused by build up in whirlpool foot baths.”

Can a toe infection heal itself?

Will an Infected Toe Heal Itself? An infection can sometimes go away on its own, but it may need treatment. If you have diabetes, and redness and swelling don’t go away or have painful joints or muscles, you should see your doctor.

How long does it take for a toe infection to heal?

In some cases, you may need antibiotics along with warm soaks. If after 2 to 3 days of antibiotics the toenail doesn’t get better or gets worse, part of the nail may need to be removed to drain the infection. With treatment, it can take 1 to 2 weeks to clear up completely.

How do I know if my toe is bacterial or fungal?

You might have an infected toe if you notice:

  1. Redness.
  2. Soreness or pain.
  3. A pus-filled blister, or pus that drains from your toe.
  4. Cracked, thickened, yellow toenails (from a fungal infection)