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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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Pain of prying ingrown fingernail from infected skin cause shock-like symptoms (dizzy, sweaty, low hr, tired). No blood. Can pain cause shock? Dangerous?

Pain of prying ingrown fingernail from infected skin cause shock-like symptoms (dizzy, sweaty, low hr, tired). No blood. Can pain cause shock? Dangerous?

The subjective: Experience of pain can do a lot of things to an individual and is best avoided at all costs. In your case i would recommend stop manipulating your fingernail (lots of pain receptors there) and let your doctor take a look. ...Read more

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What do I do for an infected fingernail?

What do I do for an infected fingernail?

Infection: The mainstay of treatment for finger infections is antibiotics and proper wound care. The proper wound care varies for each of the different infections. This can range from a simple incision and drainage of the wound to an extensive surgical exploration of the wound to remove as much infected material as possible. ...Read more

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How can I heal a ingrown fingernail quickly? There is clear puss stuff

How can I heal a ingrown fingernail quickly? There is clear puss stuff

Soak, cuticle tool: If it is early, it may respond to soaks, and try to move the skin away from the nail with a cuticle tool. You want to keep the nail free of the skin so it can grow past it. ...Read more

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Infected fingernail/paronychia, what to do?

Infected fingernail/paronychia, what to do?

Antibiotics: Initial care is primarily antibiotics, however the infection may not respond and this requires removal of the nail, or marsupilization of the epinychium both surgical procedures. ...Read more

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Can picking ur fingers turn into a disorder? Currently I have no fingernails, all my cuticles are bloody and a few fingers are infected.

Can picking ur fingers turn into a disorder? Currently I have no fingernails, all my cuticles are bloody and a few fingers are infected.

Nervous tic: It sounds like a nervous tic. Luckily, you don't have an infection currently. But the proximal cuticles must be painful from picking at them. Something has you stressed. ...Read more

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I think I have an ingrown fingernail.. My fingertip has ballooned in size and painful when touched. How can I fix it or take the pain away?

I think I have an ingrown fingernail.. My fingertip has ballooned in size and painful when touched. How can I fix it or take the pain away?

See a doctor: Ingrown nails can certainly be painful. But if it has sudden ballooned in size, you may want to see a doctor as it may be infected, especially if it is red or has pus drainage. This is called paronychia. Ingrown nails can break open the skin and allows bacteria or yeast into the area. See a doctor so they can treat you properly. ...Read more

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I have a badly ingrown fingernail that is causing me a lot of pain. Home treatment is not working so what type of dr do I see to have it cut out?

I have a badly ingrown fingernail that is causing me a lot of pain. Home treatment is not working so what type of dr do I see to have it cut out?

Any reputable: Urgent care center with a physician or the "fast track" area of your local ed. Keep in mind that if it is not abscessed you may only receive analgesics and antibiotics which many times are successful. Trust the physician examing you as the least invasive option that works is the best. ...Read more

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What should you do if your fingernails get infected?

Soaking, see doctor: Soaking in salt water may help but you must get this evaluated and treated by a physician. May need antibiotics as well as partial nail removal. ...Read more

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Do i need to see the doctor for an infected puncture wound under my fingernail?

Do i need to see the doctor for an infected puncture wound under my fingernail?

Yes: For appropriate antibiotics and incision and drainage to avoid spread to the bone and cause osteomyelitis and well as spread up the arm (lymphangitis with cellulitis). ...Read more

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Should I get my elderly mom a manicure if she has an ingrown fingernail?

Should I get my elderly mom a manicure if she has an ingrown fingernail?

Take care of ingrown: See a physician to care for the ingrown nail before doing anything else. An infection may be brewing. ...Read more

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Ingrown fingernail throbbing, swollen and numb. What can I put on it?

Ingrown fingernail throbbing, swollen and numb. What can I put on it?

Maybe infected.: This likely needs medical attention. In the meantime - soak in warm water with Epsom salts. ...Read more

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Would tria or sensepil help long-term to reduce my follicilulitis symptoms? I get awful infected ingrowns whether i shave or not and i can't take it!

Would tria or sensepil help long-term to reduce my follicilulitis symptoms? I get awful infected ingrowns whether i shave or not and i can't take it!

PCOS: Laser hair removal may help you. You will do better with a professional than with a home devise. You may have pcos. An endocrinologist may offer you an antiandrogen--- spironolactone. Taking metformin results in gradual drop in vit b12. Your dr can check easily. Low B12 causes fatigue among other things. A dermatologist can help you with folliculitis. ...Read more

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How can I prevent reoccurring infected ingrown hairs?

How can I prevent reoccurring infected ingrown hairs?

Several things: Moisturizing your skin can sometimes help, as well as either shaving regularly, or letting them grow out. Men often have this problem on their neck or face if they shave, while women often have problems in the bikini area. ...Read more

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I had a lot of ingrown hairs on my vaginal area, i picked them and a few of them seem infected, what can I do ? Is it something to worry about?

I had a lot of ingrown hairs on my vaginal area, i picked them and a few of them seem infected, what can I do ? Is it something to worry about?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. There are different options to control symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a safe way treat my ingrown nail thats infected already at home?

Is there a safe way treat my ingrown nail thats infected already at home?

In addition to above: Make sure that you are not cutting your nails curved, as you would your finger nails. Toenails need to be cut straight across. It can sometimes help to raise the nail on the opposite side from the ingrown part with a roll of cotton, if your nail is long enough to accommodate it. If not, then let it grow out some first. If not better, see your physician or a podiatrist. ...Read more

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How do I take care if a reccuring infected vaginal ingrown hair?

How do I take care if a reccuring infected vaginal ingrown hair?

Good Hygiene-surgery: See a good dermatologist or a surgeon to resect the infected area removing ingrown hair, the very good hygiene.Probably you will need some antibiotics foe a week. ...Read more

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My podiatrist put a chemical on were he took a piece of my ingrown nail out so it won't grow back but I think it's infected? What do I do?

My podiatrist put a chemical on were he took a piece of my ingrown nail out so it won't grow back but I think it's infected? What do I do?

Matrixectomy: Permanent toenail corrections are performed often by Chemical Destruction of the toenail root. These chemicals are either acids or bases, but regardless they are considered chemical burns and may become infected. Any worsening pain, swelling or redness should be considered potentially infected and should be treated as such. Soaks and topical antibiotics are standard, but oral may be required ...Read more

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