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A 31-year-old male asked:

Hello, is it normal for the skin around your finger nail, nail fold, and first knuckle to be a little but more red and shiny then the other fingers?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Possible infection: Redness around the fingernail area may be due to an infection called paronychia. This is often treated with warm soaks and may require a small incision or raising up the skin just below the nail to drain a small amount of pus. See a general surgeon to evaluate the finger if signs of redness persist.
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 34 years experience
If you have bacterial paronychia, soaking your nail in hot water 2 or 3 times a day helps reduce swelling and pain. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. In severe cases, your doctor may cut and drain the sore with a sharp instrument. Part of the nail may need to be removed. If you have fungal paronychia, your doctor may prescribe antifungal medicine. Keep your hands dry and apply a skin-drying
Dec 20, 2013
Last updated Feb 18, 2015

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