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Ewwww really worried about DDs big toe, utterly manky infection

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Pantone363 Thu 27-Jun-13 21:38:22

DD 3 had a v small cut in the crease under her big toe. It had a small infection which has got bigger and bigger. Today her toe is twice its size, the cut is weeping manky pus, individual blisters of pus have gone down the side of her foot and up over her toe. It's red raw where some of them have popped and bleeding in other places.

We went to the walk in centre on Monday when it was nowhere near this bad and the nurse gave antibs and stuck a steri strip over it. Went back today because its so much worse. Saw a doctor today who actually physically baulked at it shock. She gave new strong antibs and a dry iodine powder to cover it. She also said the nurse should not have put a steri strip on it (it just sat inside the cut until DD pulled it off)

The pharmacy didn't have the powder she prescribed and said its not even made anymore. The GP said if no improvement by 9am she needs iv antibs at the hospital. Her foot just looks worse and worse, she can't walk on it and its just gross.

Would you take to AE tonight or wait until the morn? Are the new antibs even going to make any difference by 9am?

Pantone363 Thu 27-Jun-13 21:40:26

Sorry meant to add the pus bubbles aren't connected to anything, they are just randomly popping up around the wound. No red streaking yet but more a general inch of angry redness. No temp but very grumpy!

SerBrienne Thu 27-Jun-13 21:42:14

A and E NOW!! Go.

BeaWheesht Thu 27-Jun-13 21:42:48

I would absolutely go to a&E tonight and I don't say that lighty!

Dilidali Thu 27-Jun-13 21:43:47

God, just go to A&E immediatly!

chickensaladagain Thu 27-Jun-13 21:45:12

I'd go tonight but might be worth marking the edges of the red area with biro before you set off so you can see how quickly it's spreading

gymboywalton Thu 27-Jun-13 21:46:31

i would absolutely go to a and e tonight

Pantone363 Thu 27-Jun-13 21:47:35

Oh Jesus really? I thought I was being over anxious!

Madlizzy Thu 27-Jun-13 21:49:05

Take her in. She may need IV antibiotics now to stop the infection in its tracks.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 27-Jun-13 21:51:15

A&E tonight.

That sounds like it needs urgent treatment ie can't wait until the morning.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 27-Jun-13 21:53:03

I would go tonight, she is very little to be trying to fight off an infection like that.

amouseinawindmill Thu 27-Jun-13 21:54:23

Agree- draw round the edges of the swelling and get to A &E. Not wirth worrying all night when they could start IV antibiotics now.

Ruprekt Thu 27-Jun-13 21:54:55

Yep! Hope you are on your way!

amouseinawindmill Thu 27-Jun-13 21:55:03

Oops. worth

GwendolineMaryLacey Thu 27-Jun-13 21:56:07

Definitely go. My father had the same sort of thing. He needed IV antibiotics and lots of them. Good luck x

Pantone363 Thu 27-Jun-13 21:58:04

I'm going now, just waking DD up.

Thanks all

crazykat Thu 27-Jun-13 21:59:31

Definitely straight to a&e to get it checked. You know that if you don't go you'll be up all night worrying and the sooner antibiotics are started the better.

TBH I'm surprised the doctor didn't send you straight to hospital if its that bad.

WandaDoff Thu 27-Jun-13 22:00:50


She's probably in a fair bit of pain with it anyway, poor thing.

Mark around it with a pen, so you can see if it spreads any further.

Pantone363 Thu 27-Jun-13 22:02:28

She was umming and ahhhing about the hospital but said wait until the morning. I think the iodine powder was supposed to dry it out but the pharmacy don't even have it

drinkyourmilk Thu 27-Jun-13 22:38:31

That sounds serious. Yes yes to mark boundaries now, then off to a and e.

LoveSewingBee Thu 27-Jun-13 22:55:33

Go tonight and be prepared for admission tonight. Too dangerous tomwait imo, risk of blood poisoning.

inneedofrain Thu 27-Jun-13 22:58:56

Hope your on your way to a and e

Poor dd and poor you hope you are seen quickly

Good luck

Pantone363 Thu 27-Jun-13 23:30:58

Just waiting to be seen. I've tried to upload some pics i took earlier but it seems to keep replacing each one with the next, so I can only do one!

crazykat Thu 27-Jun-13 23:33:52

I hope you don't have to wait too long and that your DD gets antibiotics and pain relief soon.

Ifcatshadthumbs Thu 27-Jun-13 23:36:04

Poor thing hope they get some IV antibiotics into her tonight.

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