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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. Diabetes can cause an individual to be more susceptible to infections, so can be an underlying cause of the nailbed infection. If there was some type of trauma to the nail or that toe, it would be easier for him to get an infection there. That goes for anywhere on his body. I hope this answers your questions. Please let me know if it does not.
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You can try soaking it in warm water with an antibacterial shampoo for 5-10 minutes twice daily. If he will leave it alone, you can even try putting Neosporin on it. Ultimately, though, he needs to be on a antibiotic. Hope this helps