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Infection of the Nails - Could it Be Bacterial Paronychia?


Paronychia is an infection of the skin surrounding the fingernails and toenails.

Paronychia is more common in adult women and diabetic patients.[1]

- Treatable by a medical professional
- Usually self-diagnosable
- Lab tests or Imagining are not required
- Can be acute or chronic

Paronychia takes place when the skin around the nails get infected or injured. The skin is often injured as a result of chewing, biting, or sucking on fingernails. Ingrown nails also give rise to Paronychia.


- Redness of the skin around the nails
- Tenderness of the skin surrounding the nails
- Pus-filled blisters
- Changes in the shape of the nail, color, or texture
- Detachment of the nail.


Self- Care:

- Avoid excessive exposure to water and wet surfaces.
- Avoid picking, biting and chewing the fingernails.
- Keep your hands and nail clean to keep bacteria away.
- Soak the infected region in warm water.
- Keep your nails trimmed and smooth.

The doctors may prescribe antibiotic medications to cure bacterial paronychia. They also prescribe antifungal medication and topical ointments. In very severe cases, the infected nail is completely removed through a nail removal procedure.

Referring to a certified Dermatologist is the best way to get treatment for this condition. Get in touch with mfine to get the best treatment under a team of specialist doctors.

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