Unfortunately, the short answer that I have for you is that you should see either a podiatrist
or an orthopaedic foot/ankle surgeon
. Infections of the toe, especially as you describe, need a formal decompression of the underlying pus (maybe even surgery
); you may also need oral (if not IV) antibiotics for a period of time. I should start by saying that, in general, you should never try to express pus from an infected area on your own no matter how convinced you are that you are doing it in a sterile fashion. Doing things like this on your own will at the very least not adequately treat the infection, and, more likely, will make the infection even worse. I'm guessing by your description that you have an infection of the underlying nail bed of your big toe, which will require a podiatrist or orthopaedic surgeon to remove all or part of the nail, and opening up the underlying infection pocket to let the pus drain. Like I said, you will then probably need close follow-up and antibiotics to help clear the infection. Please do NOT treat this yourself. As it sounds, the infection has already gotten worse. If these conditions should ever really apply to you or someone you know, please contact your physician or call 911 in cases of emergency.