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  • Why Are Infected Areas Hot?

    Doctors call this calor, which means heat in Latin. Infected areas are hot partially for the same reason infected areas have Erythema: increased blood flow.  The other reason is immune factors react to increase body temperature to fight of infection, sometimes over the whole body (fever) and sometimes just at the area of the infection (local). 

  • What is Erythema?

    Erythema is when skin gets red.  This could be due to lots of things: rash, inflammation, injury or infection. Skin looks red because the capillaries in the skin are increasing blood flow in response to a stimulus.  Increase in blood flow can bring more nutrients to the area, clear away debris, and bring extra immune factors to an infection. 

  • What is Edema?

    Edema is a term to describe tissue swollen with fluid. Since the feet are at the bottom of the body, they are the most common place people experience edema. Normal tissue and blood fluids get into extracellular areas and cause swelling.  Swollen edemic feet can be helped by elastic socks, compression, and elevation.

    Is swelling due to a buildup of extracellular fluid.  It can be caused by a change in tissue or blood pressure, like when you’ve been putting pressure on your feet all day.  It can be caused by a change in blood makeup, like when you swell after ingesting too much salt. It can be caused by a block of the lymphatic system, which usually clears lymphatic fluid from the region, like when you wear too tight clothing and the surrounding area is swollen, even when you take off the item.  It can also be caused by infection, when blood vessels are extra permeable to aid in healing. 

    If you are experiencing edema, come in to see us and have it diagnosed and treated. 

  • Can I Go Swimming After Ingrown Toenail Surgery?

    You can go swimming 24 hours after having an ingrown toenail removed.  Just remove the bandage from surgery soak/apply Amerigel and put on a small peice of gauze and a Band-aid.  Then go swimming as usual, pools and lakes are just fine.  You may want to wear water shoes for added protection.  Be sure to soak/apply Amerigel and fresh gauze and Band-aid promptly after swimming.

  • How does Biofreeze work?

    From the Biofreeze website: "Biofreeze products are classified as topical analgesics, which work through a ‘counter irritant’ mechanism. This means that the menthol in Biofreeze creates a sensation that overrides pain signals to the brain. This process is known as ‘Gate Control Theory’, where nerve impulses from one stimulus block the nerves containing pain signals to the brain. Recent research also suggests that menthol may stimulate cold receptors in the skin that may help regulate pain as well."

    Biofreeze blocks pain receptors so that your nerves don't percieve pain.  Decreasing pain is important to us, and this is one effective way to do it.  Talk to your doctor about how to use biofreeze or other topical analgesics in conjunction with RICE thereapy, anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) and other pain relievers.

  • Will my ingrown toenail come back?

    No.  If you get your ingrown treated in our office, Dr. Gibson can treat the affected area of the nail bed so that ingrowns won't come back.  This is nice because usually ingrown toenails are genetic and so if you get one, you tend to keep getting them your whole life.  Wearing appropriate shoes and clipping your toenails straight across also help prevent ingrown recurrance.

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