A 43-year-old male asked:
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how do i treat an infected hang nail?

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Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Antibiotics Needed: You get in to see your doctor and get on antibiotics.
Answered on Oct 25, 2015
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Dr. John Munshower
30 years experience Family Medicine
See answer: An infected nail (paronychia) most often needs antibiotics and can require surgical attention if ingrown. Best wishes.
Answered on Sep 11, 2013
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
37 years experience Family Medicine
And maybe removal: In addition to dr killian's recommendations, sometimes hangnails or ingrown nails need to be partially or totally removed for healing to occur.
Answered on Sep 28, 2013
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Dr. Thomas Karelis
23 years experience Internal Medicine
See below: Most of the time, they will heal by themselves. Sometimes, the infecction will be more serious and need antibiotics. You can soak it in warm water 2 or 3 times a day for about 10 minutes or so. If the redness, swelling and/or pain starts to get worse, go see your doctor.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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