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After taking a shower I noticed that a toe on my right foot

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after taking a shower I noticed that a toe on my right foot is severely infected. It has an odor and is dark red from the tip to at least halfway to foot. I am a diabetic and am worried that this is serious. Should I go to ER?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Christopher Palmer replied 7 months ago.

I'm Dr Palmer, has this toe been infected before? You just noticed this today>

Expert:  Christopher Palmer replied 7 months ago.

Is there a wound on the toe that is leaking pus? If you can submit a picture that would be helpful, but if you have a foot infection then you should be evaluated as it is likely you will need IV or at the least, oral antibiotics.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I went to the emergency room. After a long wait i finally was taken back to a room. The Dr. looked at it and ordered an x-ray. After the x-ray he came in and debridement the flap of skin hanging from the front of the toe. He then lanced the top just behind the nail. It was wrapped and I received 2 antibiotics and a script for each one. He had told me that if the infection would have been closer to the foot I would have been spending the night. Luckily it wasn't.
Expert:  Christopher Palmer replied 7 months ago.

Yes very lucky. I'm glad you went to the ER. Keep an eye on it closely. You need a podiatrist if you do not have one. That is very important.

Expert:  Christopher Palmer replied 7 months ago.

Keep from applying too much pressure. Also, a podiatrist can help with proper footwear recommendations. You certainly need to control sugars as well, this makes a big difference in healing. Sugars over 180 cause dysfunction of your white blood cells to help kill bacteria and heal the area.

Expert:  Christopher Palmer replied 7 months ago.

Did they give you something like Keflex and Doxycyclin, or augmentin? Just curious. They need to cover for staph and strep as well as community acquired MRSA.