YANMD-Filter: DIY Toe Surgery?
October 22, 2011 7:20 AM Subscribe
I have a paronychia on a middle toe. It's not as horrible as the images Google offers
, but it hurts a little and has hung around for a few weeks now.
posted by spacewrench to health & fitness (15 answers total)
The toe is pink or red when it hurts (which is not always, or terribly much) and there's always a yellow/green crescent beside the nail, with a darker dot in the center. (I think this is pus, and maybe an abcess?)
It doesn't look very deep, and in fact, before I investigated, I was thinking of taking an X-acto knife and poking it, guessing that it was some kind of splinter that had gotten grown over.
The nail, cuticle & hyponichium are sound, and it doesn't look like a fungal infection. Nail is trimmed and not ingrown.
I have crappy insurance: this will cost me $25 (plus antibiotics) to fix, but the next thing that happens to me may cost up to $7,500, so I'd rather not use my last inexpensive doctor visit of the year to fix a minor annoyance, particularly if there's a reasonable chance it'll go away on its own, or that I can fix it myself with a box cutter and some alcohol.
Can I ignore it? (Keeping in mind all the caveats about ER if joint pain, fever, or other signs of infection?) Can I lance it myself? Or is this just something that won't go away without antibiotics?