bigdawg88

Q:

what to do when clipping toenails and you start bleeding?

Patty Bonsignore

A:

The first step you want to take whenever you have any open cut or bleeding, particularly on the foot is to clean it right away with soap and warm water and rinse it well. After the area has been cleaned, apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment to the open area. The pharmacist at any drug store should be able to direct you to a good antibiotic ointment. Clean the area and reapply a small amount of antibiotic ointment twice a day. Watch for any signs of infection, including redness, swelling, greenish or yellowish discharge or increasing pain. If there are any signs of infection, it’s important to have the area checked right away. People with diabetes are more prone to getting bacterial infections, particularly in the feet. To avoid accidently cutting yourself again, I would recommend filing the toenails straight across with an emery board and not using a toenail clipper. If you have really thick toenails, or are having trouble reaching or seeing your toenails, insurance will pay for a podiatrist to clip them for you, and this is a good option for many people.

July 21, 2012 at 1:11 am