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Can cuticle biting lead to clubbing of affected fingers? Recently i noticed one of my nails is curving down. I bite frequently, had an infection once.

Can cuticle biting lead to clubbing of affected fingers? Recently i noticed one of my nails is curving down. I bite frequently, had an infection once.

Clubbing of Fingers: While clubbing can be idiopathic, here are the causes of clubbing by organ system: thoracic, bronchial lung ca (though usually not small cell lca) chronic lung suppuration (empyema, abscess, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis) fibrosing alveolitis, mesothelioma, tb, cardiovascular cyanotic congenital heart disease, endocarditis, atrial myxoma, gastrointestinal irritable bowel disease, other causes. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I have had an infection of the finger under cuticle, red swollen for a month, it drained pus 3 days ago but now swelling is worse, what's best treatment?

I have had an infection of the finger under cuticle, red swollen for a month, it drained pus 3 days ago but now swelling is worse, what's best treatment?

See a hand surgeon: In the early stages, an acute paronychia can be effectively treated with hot saline (salt) water soaks. Antibiotics and surgery is rarely needed. In the late stages when pus has accumulated under the parionychium, incision and drainage is necessary- followed by warm saline soaks. Antibiotics may also be prescribed in this case. Chronic paronychia may require anti-fungal medication and surgery. ...Read more

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I thought I had paronychia but now along with the cuticle infection there is about 10 wart like or blisters starting to form in the same finger. Er??

I thought I had paronychia but now along with the cuticle infection there is about 10 wart like or blisters starting to form in the same finger. Er??

Herpes? Staph?: It could stil be paronychia with a secondary staph infection. But this also sounds like herpes (called herpetic whitlow when it involves the finger). This would be most likely if you also have newly acquired oral or genital herpes; or your finger were in contact with the oral or genital area of someone with herpes. Get examined ASAP; make sure an HSV PCR test is done (not just blood test). ...Read more

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My son bites his fingers. His left thumb is now swollen, is red and is yellow in the cuticle. Is this an infection?

My son bites his fingers. His left thumb is now swollen, is red and is yellow in the cuticle. Is this an infection?

Yes. Paronychia: He probably has a paronychia infection. You could try warm soaks and a topical antibiotic. However, if he has a fever or pus draining, he should see his pediatrician who could have it drained & cultured and will probably put him on an oral antibiotic. ...Read more

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My 5yo picks her fingers, they are red and swollen. I tell her she will get infections. Why does she do this and how can I help?

My 5yo picks her fingers, they are red and swollen. I tell her she will get infections. Why does she do this and how can I help?

Fingers : Repetitive behaviors are common in many children (suckling thumb, twirling hair, biting nails). Sometimes they get comfort from the behavior. Gentle reminders are best. The remedies you've certainly read or heard about are usually futile. The biggest risks are infection. Positive rewards can be helpful (i.e. professional polish, etc). ...Read more

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I have infection on side of my finger nail hurts alot swollen and kinda green what to do? Who can cure it

I have infection on side of my finger nail hurts alot swollen and kinda green what to do? Who can cure it

Abscess? Herpes?: Usually this is a bacterial infection (eg staph or strep) starting in a hangnail. But could be herpetic whitlow, finger infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV1 or HSV2), usually at same time as new oral or genital herpes, but sometimes by itself. See a doctor right away. Bacterial infection may need pus drained and/or an antibiotic, and herpes needs prompt diagnosis and antiviral treatment. ...Read more

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Have infection in finger from apparent hangnail and novacane shots from dr. On sunday is swollen worse on tues.Novicain given wrong?Is this normal?

An infection can : Progress despite treatment. Rather than look to blaming a shot that was meant to numb your finger, call you doctor and let them know you are not better. Perhaps you need to be seen again, need a medication or a different medication or even just topical antibiotics and a easy plan to care for the open skin area. ...Read more

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i pulled a hangnail a few days ago and now my pinky is throbbing. I can't get infection out either. My finger is red and very swollen.

 i pulled a hangnail a few days ago and now my pinky is throbbing. I can't get infection out either. My finger is red and very swollen.

Nail infection: Most nail related infections will cure on their own, but if the redness pain and swelling involves more than just the borders of the nail you should see your doc for antibiotics. ...Read more

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I dont know what caused it but my index finger hurts around the nailnthe cuticle to the first knuckle is red and swollen what do i do to make it bette?

I dont know what caused it but my index finger hurts around the nailnthe cuticle to the first knuckle is red and swollen what do i do to make it bette?

Paronychia is the: term for an infection that develops along the edge of the fingernail or toenail. Try warm soaks for 15 minutes in a 50% solution of antibacterial soap in water. Do this three or four times a day. Paronychia is usually caused by common skin bacteria entering the skin around the nail that has been damaged by dishwashing, other irritants, or finger sucking. If it does not improve, see your doctor. ...Read more