husband came home yesterday thinking he had an ingrown toenail on his big toe. As soon as I looked at it I knew it wasn't an ingrown toenail. There is a pocket of infection right next to the toenail. His toe is about twice the size of the other one and was deep red where the infection was and out almost around the nail. I put some antibiotic ointment on it and part of a lidoderm patch after that had been absorbed. This morning after his shower he asked me to lance it. By then the skin over the infection was almost neon green. I normally don't mind lancing this kind of thing - too many times helping the vet with a cat I used to have moved me past that. But this was BAD. husband put a shirt in his mouth to bite down on and still screamed through it. I was as gentle as I could be, but also tried to work fast to get it over with - his request. Luckily I only had to stick it once with the needle. A TON of stuff came out of it. He put a bit of a lidoderm patch (lidocaine patch) on it so he could put a shoe on as he is working a 4 week temp gig 9-5 all month. He went, but about 1 pm started to feel feverish and dizzy. So he came home. The toe isn't showing green again, but is still dark red. there are not red lines radiating out, so hopefully it isn't spreading. (I did peroxide it after lancing it, and used tea tree oil on it also.) Does anyone know if doxycycline would help this? husband will NOT go to the doctor today even though urgent care takes the medical card. I have him soaking it and sleeping now. We have a big bottle of doxycycline because it was given for J's acne but made her vomit. husband isn't allergic so he wants to try that. I don't know what is going on, but lately husband and the kids have had a LOT of boils/infections. Jess had a fingernail, thank you had a HUGE boil on his tummy, husband had a boil on his shoulder that started as a zit and went bonkers. Is there anything else to do besides soaking this and maybe lancing it again if the infection builds up? The lidoderm can only be on for 12 hrs out of 24 and he is saving that for working because it helped a lot. Though by the time he got home even that wasn't helping it. Whatever this is, it seems to respond to tea tree oil FAR better than bactroban or neosporin cream. Any advice/hints will be helpful. I do intend to go and do a thorough cleaning of their bathroom. I have a list in there and have had them do it, but I think it needs to be given a "Mom" clean with bleach water to kill germs in case it is something in there. Thanks. Sorry if this is too much information. If there are questions I didn't answer, just ask.