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Infection of the Nails - Could it Be Bacterial Paronychia?

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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.


Symptoms


- 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.


Treatment


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.

Medication:
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.

Specialists:
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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