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3281 YLH Looking after your toe dressing after nail surgery

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Hello. You have had toe nail surgery and a dressing has been applied. It is important that you look after your dressing to make sure your nail heals properly, and to prevent infection. This video will show you how to change your dressing once you are home. You will be sent home from the procedure with a large dressing over your toe or toes. This should remain in place for the rest of the day and overnight. Do not get the dressing wet. If you see blood seeping through the dressing, do not remove it. Instead, elevate your foot and place sterile gauze on top. Apply compression for 5 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, contact the podiatry department or your local minor injuries unit. The large dressing should only remain on until the following morning, at which point it can be replaced by a smaller dressing. We will supply you with a small starter pack but you will need to buy some dressings like cosmopore or mepore from your local pharmacist or the podiatry department. Clean the scissors before and after use with washing up liquid and water. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly. Carefully remove the dressing by peeling off the tape and lifting the dressing off, taking care to touch the wound. Inspect the wound. If there is any dried blood you can clean this off with sterile gauze, and cooled boiled water. Dry the toe with sterile gauze or a clean tissue, taking care not to touch the wound. Make two small cuts at the top of a new dressing to create a flap. It is very important that you do not touch the sterile pad of the dressing at any point. Put the dressing over your toe, placing the sterile pad directly over the wound, with the flap at the top of your toe. Fold the flap over your toe, and then wrap the rest of the dressing loosely around your toe. The smaller dressing needs to be changed every 2 to 3 days, or sooner if you see weeping coming through the dressing. You need to check your toe for infection which is indicated by an increase in pain, redness, pus or swelling. If you suspect that your toe is infected, phone the podiatry department or your GP. To care for an infected toe you will need to prepare a bowl of cooled boiled water. Dissolve a handful of salt in the water. Soak your toe in this bowl for five minutes, and then rinse your toe with fresh tap water. Dry the area with a clean tissue, but avoid directly touching the wound. Once dry, redress your toe as before. You must keep your toe dry whilst you still need a dressing. This means that you cannot go swimming or submerge it in a bath or shower. Limbo socks like these are useful to keep your foot dry. You will notice that after 3 to 4 weeks the wound will start to dry out. However, you must continue to change the dressing every few days until a black scab has formed over the wound, and there is no weeping or mark on the dressing when you remove it. This can take between 4 and 16 weeks. Do not remove the scab as this can cause infection. Once the wound is healed, you can leave your toe uncovered. At this time you will also be able to get the toe wet again. If you have any questions about your wound or the dressings, please contact the podiatry department.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 26 seconds
Language: English
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Posted by: richardwh on Jan 4, 2017

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