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Should I go to the doctor for a swollen toe?
Seek immediate medical attention if you: Have severe pain or swelling. Have an open wound or a wound that is oozing pus. Have signs of infection, such as redness, warmth and tenderness in the affected area or you have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C) Are unable to walk or put weight on your foot.
What helps a red swollen big toe?
The initial treatment typically includes:
- wearing shoes that fit properly.
- wearing orthotics.
- putting padding on the area.
- avoiding activity that causes pain such as long periods standing.
- taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
How do you treat an inflamed toe?
How Is a Toe Infection Treated?
- Soak the toe for about 15 minutes in a bathtub or bucket filled with warm water and salt. Do this three to four times a day.
- Rub a medicated ointment on the toe and wrap it in a clean bandage.
- To treat an ingrown toenail, gently lift the corner of the nail.
How do you know if your toe is infected?
You might have an infected toe if you notice:
- Soreness or pain.
- A pus-filled blister, or pus that drains from your toe.
- Cracked, thickened, yellow toenails (from a fungal infection)
What does toe pain indicate?
Many cases of toe pain are due to injury or age-related wear and tear on the skin, muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments of the toe. Common causes of toe pain include calluses, arthritis and bunions. However, infectious diseases, neurological conditions, and other abnormal processes can also affect the toe.
What is a stubbed toe?
A stubbed toe is the name for any injury that happens when a person suddenly hits or jams their toe. Some common causes include accidentally kicking the toe into a wall or doorframe, tripping over a toy on the floor, or catching the toe on a gate or other object.
How do you get rid of a swollen toe fast?
Try rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE method). Avoid putting weight on the injury and apply an ice pack for 10–20 minutes at a time. Wrap or bandage the area to reduce swelling and elevate the foot above the heart when lying or sitting. Soak an injured toenail in warm water or Epsom salts.
How do you treat a swollen toe?
How do you reduce swelling in toe?
Home treatment for a toe infection involves applying moist heat, which may not initially reduce swelling but can help improve blood flow, decrease pain and hasten healing. Soak the foot in warm — not hot — water for 15 minutes, 3 to 4 times daily.
What is the treatment for swollen toes?
Compress the toe with a bandage to keep swelling down. Taking an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen, can help with both injury and gout. Your doctor can make further recommendations for treatment, depending on the cause of the problem.
What causes toes to swell and itch?
Infection: Skin or blood infections or even bacterial infections cause the toes to swell up. Skin infections like atopic dermatitis can be one of the causes of itchy toes.
What causes swelling under the big toe?
A swollen toe that is stiff and hard can result from a variety of causes. A common problem is gout, which is a form of arthritis that commonly affects the big toe. Trauma and strain from overuse can damage the bones, tendons and ligaments of the big toe, leading to swelling and hardness.