Members do not see these Ads. Sign Up. I stepped on a nasty nail that went in about 1 inch, which did not heal completely after taking antibiotics for two months (kept leaking clear fluid, about one tear drop a day) and developed a lump behind the skin. I went to a foot surgeon, who opened it up, cleaned it out, said he removed the lump mass he said looked like a tumor growth, and a piece of dark material. After thinking about this, before the surgery, and apparently during the surgery, no culture was taken (no results given to me) and he gave me clyndamycin, 150mg, twice a day, and told me to leave the dressing alone for one week. He looked at it the next week, decided not to remove the stitches, and told me to come in the following week. He then asked me what happened, did I get it wet, at the second visit after the surgery. I answered no, and then he took a culture (shoving a straw type device with a cotton tip if I can describe it best) up into the wound, making it bleed, etc. He doubled the dose of antibiotics and told me to see him next week. So on the third week after the surgery, he tells me that the culture results came back negative for anything, and stuck another one of those things into the wound to get a culture. He put me on CIPRO and Augmenten told me if it doesn't get better, he will put me in the hospital for treatment with IV antibiotics in case it is pseudomonas. Puzzling to me is no cultures were taken during surgery, low antibiotic doses after the surgery, and then the two cultures taken after the surgery that have aggravated the wound. After getting the second culture, I could not wiggle my toes due to the swelling, and that night it produced about a hundred tear drops of clear fluid. Now it feels like the muscle beneath the puncture is swollen or getting hard. When I press on it in a certain area, I can make clear fluid ooze from the wound, although it is getting less every day (about ten tear drops) (and I can wiggle my toes again). I have to see this doctor again this week, and I have been collecting all my gauze from changing the dressings, wondering if some lab could test them for infections. I'm wondering how can I tell if the doctor is causing a seroma condition to occur rather than treat an infection, I want to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, but since he only sees me for a few minutes, and has a lot of patients, I am wondering if my treatment plan suffered errors because he had a lot of work on his hands. I was tempted to take some body building supplements, but I don't want to feed an infection if that is what it is. The gauze that I remove is pink in the center, then clear, with a green ring around it, although I can't tell if that is from neosporin. What questions should I ask this doctor the next time I see him?