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my son just showed me his big toe. it is swollen and purple

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my son just showed me his big toe. it is swollen and purple and he has lost the nail. What should I do?

mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hello,

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

How did it happen you know?

Customer:

he pushes carts at walmart and wears steal toe boots I read that maybe it was the boots?

mysticdoc :

Ok.

mysticdoc :

very unfortunate.

mysticdoc :

There is a risk of infection on the swollen toe.

mysticdoc :

The swelling is likely from the accumulated blood and fluid from the injury.

mysticdoc :

It is better to see his doctor or go to the nearest urgent care for a clinical evaluation.


the swollen can be drained if there is accumulated blood for relief of pain and swelling.


Antibiotic course may be required if there is suspicion of infection.


 

mysticdoc :

The swelling should subside over the time.

mysticdoc :

He can take ibuprofen for pain.

Customer:

Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX thinking he may have to go to urgent care for antibiotics but wanted to check first. Awesome service Thank you again!

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