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Everything to know about Paronychia
Paronychia is an infection of the tissue that is found around the nails.
Paronychia is a common disease. More than 1 million cases of paronychia are reported every year in India.
Treatable by medical professionals
Lab tests or imaging is not required generally
Treatment is usually short-termed and the condition can be cured in weeks
Paronychia is an infection of the tissue near a nail, most often a fingernail. It's caused by injury, irritation, cuticle damage or continually wet hands. The tissue adjacent to the nail bed can be painful, red and swollen. There can be pus in may cases and it may have to be drained as part of the treatment.
Age groups affected
0-2 – Rarely
Between 3 – 60 - common
60 and above – most often
Painful, red and swollen nail beds with pus collection
People may experience:
Pain in the fingers
Also common: pus, redness, swelling, or tenderness
If any of these symptoms are noticed, the doctor should be consulted to get the proper medical assistance. If severe symptoms start to appear, medical help should be availed right away.
Treatments generally include hot water soaks and medication, such as antibiotics or antifungals. Pus may have to be drained.
A warm compress to soothe painful muscles or joints.
Medications may involve antifungals which Kills or prevents the growth of fungi, antibiotic to stop the growth of bacteria or penicillin antibiotic to stop the growth of specific bacteria.
In case of complications or severe inflammation, consult a physician right away.
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