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Partial nail avulsion w/ phenol question *beware of pictures*

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Yesenia Gomez, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. Yesenia Gomez

    Yesenia Gomez New Member

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    I got the PNA procedure done three days ago(first time after constant recurring ingrowns). The pain was horrendous that I had to take 3 Tylenol the first day. On the second day it was recommended that I do an Epsom salt bath so midday I went ahead and removed the gauze and saw discoloration like greyish on the side where the phenol was placed. I decided to wait until the next day to see if the Epsom salt baths would help it. On the third day I woke up with little to throbbing pain which was a good sign in comparison to the other days. But, once I took out the gauze for my first Epsom salt bath of the day I got a blistering rash around my toe and the discoloration of greyish was more visible along with a bump and dry blood on where the removal happened.

    I went ahead and contacted my doctor and he recommended I only drink oral antibiotics, no more ointment on it and not to wrap my toe anymore in gauze, so now I have my toe exposed. He said I had a phenol reaction. Has anyone experienced this? I am so worried that this will delay treatment or it'll just keep getting worse. On my second Epsom salt bath after I had talked to the doctor I started seeing purple under the greyish discoloration. I know it was expected to see oozing and I have yet to see some. HELP. I feel like I am going through this alone and I want to know if something is actually wrong and if I should seek a second opinion.
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Super Moderator

    As long as any infection is under control, I would not be too overly concerned about it. The "phenol reaction" is just chemical burn that will heal up. Just keep it elevated, don't wear shoes to keep pressure off it and keep an eye on it for any signs of infection
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  3. Yesenia Gomez

    Yesenia Gomez New Member

    These are the pictures …

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  4. Yesenia Gomez

    Yesenia Gomez New Member

    Thank you! I was able to upload pictures. But I’m taking antibiotics so I think the infection is under control.

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