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A 23-year-old female asked:

If someone scraches your skin with fingernail does it cause any infection? someone scratched my leg and it caused a line mark and little swollen and slightly painful. does it causes any infection?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
If the scratch is deep enough and the fingernail imbeds bacteria below the surface you can get a superficial infection. Antibiotic ointments can help alleviate the issue.
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