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Cause for swollen itchy redness in toe.

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I had this redness appear first on my left middle toe then my right. It first itched now it's swollen and stiff.. If I don't put lotion on it it gets scaley also. It has been there for about 2-3 weeks. Do you know what it is?

I do smoke and have a history of hypertension. I weigh 287 lbs

Category: Dermatologist

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Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar is online now

Expert:  Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar replied 4 Days.


Thanks for posting your query at DoctorSpring.com

I can understand your concern.

Right now there seems to be a bacterial infection of the soft tissues. That's the reason for it being swollen and stiffness.

First that needs to be taken care of. I would recommend an oral antibiotic called azithromycin to resolve it. Application of a mix of cortisone and neosporin cream twice a day after the swelling subsides to take care of the redness.

Please send me a picture of the toes when the swelling subsides for a follow up.


Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar
Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
Diploma in Dermatology - Royal College Of Physicians & Surgeons Of Glasgow, UK , 2010
Residency - DNB, Dermatology -  K.J Somaiya Hospital, Mumbai, 2009
Medical School & Internship - MBBS - Dr. D . Y . Patil Medical College, Mumbai, 2004
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