Taking Care of Foot Infections at Home
Home Care Following Drainage of Infected Abscess
Post-Surgical Instructions for Drainage of Infection
- Leave the bandage on until just before you go to bed. A small amount of blood on the bandage is normal and is not cause for alarm.
- After removing all bandages, soak your foot for 10-15 minutes in warm water with 1 tablespoon of Epsom saltz per quart of water. Dry the foot completely after soaking.
- Soak your foot as directed above 2-3 times a day for the next 10-14 days.
- While soaking you may use a Q-tip to clean the nail groove(s).
- Apply a small amount of Hydrogen Peroxide to the infected area.
- Apply a thin coat of the prescribed antibiotic cream.
- Apply a band-aid on the toe when wearing shoes and socks, and while sleeping. At all other times keep it open to the air.
- You may bathe and shower. Be sure to dry your toe completely and repeat steps 6 and 7 when done.
- Redness, mild drainage and tenderness are expected after this surgical procedure, and may last as long as 2-3 weeks after the procedure.
- Patients are typically able to wear regular shoes and attend to normal day-to-day activities the day after the procedure.
- If you experience pain that is not relieved with aspirin, Tylenol or another over-the-counter pain medication, please call our office.
- Keep your follow-up appointment as scheduled in approximately 2 weeks. This will help ensure the infection is effectively treated and will limit the possibility of recurrence.