Last time I was in Wildebeestville, I kicked into a transmission/engine assembly in an attempt to dislodge one from the other. In doing so, I split the corner off the left side of the nail on my big toe on my left foot. Now, almost 3 weeks later, it has become really infected, and hurts bad enough that I am having a hard time walking.
I've spent about 10 minutes each night this week, draining and washing it with anti-bacterial soap, but during the day when my feet are couped up in the shoes during 95°F weather, there's really no chance that any bacteria or whatever will disappear.
Last night, I sent Dad to Wal-Mart to get me some hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol. Again, I drained the infection, but soaked it in peroxide for about 5 minutes, then rinsed with the alcohol. I did this about 3 times when I got out of the shower, and again before bed.
Today, when I went to work, I could hardly walk because it was so sore. My guess is that the stuff was working overnight and that things are starting to heal. After an 8 hour day of being on my feet non-stop, I got home and pulled my shoe and sock of first thing. It had started looking really nasty again, so I decided to soak it for an hour in Epsom salt water, then do the whole peroxide and alcohol rinse again, then put some antibiotic ointment on it.
For the rest of the day, I sat here at the computer with my foot propped up under the desk.
Just now, I went and took a shower, then did the rinse and ointment again.
Things are still pretty sore, and walking is just as difficult. All in all, though, the infection appears to be clearing up. I plan on sleeping with no blanket tonight, and not going anywhere tomorrow, so I can let this thing air out and stay clean.
I just hope I don't have to go spend $140 on a doctor visit to find out that I have an infected toenail. rolls eyes
- Posted by Quixote (Guest) on June 11, 2005 at 10:05:39PM
d00d, I just had that problem a few months ago. It started at Christmas. I soaked it in warm salt water twice a day every day, kept it covered and clean, wore loose-fitting shoes, and it still didn't get better. Three months later I finally went to the doctor. I took some powerful antibiotics for a week to clear up the infection, and then had one side of the nail removed. Now it's fine. Do it.
- Posted by Luey (Guest) on June 13, 2005 at 09:42:09AM
Don't listen to her, Tim. Cutting your toe off would be SO much cooler! :P
- Posted by Josh (Guest) on June 13, 2005 at 11:05:51AM
But I'm gettin' better!
Seriously... Last Tuesday, my big toe was swelled up to the point that it touched the one next to it when I would lift my foot off the floor. Now, they don't even come CLOSE to touching, the skin is all wrinkled, and the redness has gone way down.
- Posted by tim (Guest) on June 14, 2005 at 06:28:48PM
i feel for ya, i hate it when my big toes are hurting.
- Posted by Arthur (Guest) on June 15, 2005 at 08:06:47PM