Clear pus or white, thick pus? Is it where the nail lies? If so its just an infection and will respond well to cleaning and having antiseptic on it. I've had these myself as has dh. My tried and tested method to drain the pus is a footbath of very, very hot water (boiled and cooled but still hot) with liberal amounts of salt dissolved in it. Then dry it and put some antiseptic cream on it and perhaps a plaster overnight. I personally wouldn't go to the drs for this, I would repeat the footbath as required but it should clear up over the weekend. It will still be tender until the pus drains away, which should relieve it somewhat!
thank you all its green pus leaking from the side of his toenail, he has always had awkward toenails to cut so I'm guessing its an ingrowing one. I'm going to do the salt water thing with him now and take him straight to the walk in centre in the morning as he is screaming with pain as soon as me or dh touch it
DS1 had this on a finger. I sterilised a needle, lanced it, drained the pus and applied fucidin cream. Twelve hours later it was much less inflamed, but I put fucidin cream on it for another couple of days for good measure.
My dd had this a few weeks back for the second time, she has in growing toenails. She had antibiotics the first time but the second time the GP suggested holding off and we were given a solution to clean toe with, looked like iodine? and then applied magnesium sulphate paste with a dressing at night to draw infection out. This worked well. However hers wasn't too badly infected only just starting to produce yellow pus, with the green and bad pain I would def get it checked out.