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Acute Paronychia

How To Treat Acute Paronychia?

About

Acute Paronychia refers to the infection of the skin around fingernails that develops rather quickly. It is caused by the bacterium Candida yeast in most cases.

Paronychia represents 35% of hand/nail infections, making it one of the most common hand infections in America alone.

Acute Paronychia can affect people in every age group. The signs and symptoms are visibly diagnosable.
The condition is self-diagnosable and is treated by a medical professional.
Tests are not required in most cases; a lab test can be useful in identifying the severity though.

It is characterized by ingrown nail, or any type of trauma to the nails like cuticles being pushed down hard, biting of nails, harsh manicure and pedicures etc.

Symptoms

Acute Paronychia infections develop fast but don’t last long. The visible symptoms of acute paronychia are:

  • Redness around the affected fingernail(s)
  • Tenderness in the skin surrounding the affected nail
  • Change in color, shape or texture of nails
  • Blisters
  • Diagnosis of acute paronychia can be done by observing and inspecting the nail bed. The doctor might also send the pus sample to determine the cause of the infection.

Treatment

Self Care:

  • Soaking the affected nails in lukewarm water.
  • Maintaining good hygiene.
  • Keeping hands and feet dry and clean.
  • Warm compresses.

Medications:

  • Antistaphylococcal Antibiotics.
  • Drainage of pus

Specialists: In case the pain is unbearable or doesn’t get better in a few days, it is better to consult a general physician or a dermatologist.

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