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Dr. Mark Pack
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Paronychia (Overview)

An infection of the skin around the nails. It can be caused by bacteria, fungus, or yeast. Common symptoms include having a painful, swollen, reddened area around the nail at the site of injury.


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I have chronic paronchia. I also have a bottle of cleantrax consisting of oxyclorsine - would soaking in this help?

I have chronic paronchia.  I also have a bottle of  cleantrax consisting of oxyclorsine - would soaking in this help?

Horse hoof fungiside: It is a medicine used on horses using that product could be problematic on human skin. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
141 doctors shared insights

Paronychia (Overview)

An infection of the skin around the nails. It can be caused by bacteria, fungus, or yeast. Common symptoms include having a painful, swollen, reddened area around the nail at the site of injury.


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What antibiotics combination for paronichia;3atacks in6weeks include flucoxacillin, no result ?

What antibiotics combination for paronichia;3atacks in6weeks include flucoxacillin, no result  ?

Surgical drainage: Bad paronychia (infections of the skin surrounding a fingernail) often don't respond to antibiotics since the bacteria that are causing it are walled off in an abcess (pus filled balloon). The definitive treatment is surgical, the affected part of the nail or cuticle needs to be opened to allow the paronychia to drain. If that does not help, a portion of the nail can be removed. ...Read more

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Can you get pain with nail fold infection? What are the other symptoms?

Can you get pain with nail fold infection? What are the other symptoms?

Sure: Pain, swelling, throbbing are common complaints. This is usually treated easily with an oral antibiotic and sometimes a partial nail avulsion is necessary. Or sometimes, a partial nai avulsion without the antibiotic...Depending on the condition and who is treating. ...Read more

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What is paronychia?

What is paronychia?

Paronychia: Is an tender bacterial or fungal hand or foot infection where the nail and skin meet at the side or the base of a finger or toenail. ...Read more

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What is paronychia?

What is paronychia?

Infection: Of the cuticle surrounding the nail. Usually needs antibiotic, warm water soaks, and sometimes lancing. ...Read more

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The paronychia three months baby?

The paronychia three months baby?

Does happen: Paronychia often occurs with ingrown toenail even in babies. ...Read more

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Paronychia how long does it last?

Infected nail: Paring chia is an infection surrounding a nail. It can last for days until you are seen by your health professional who will prescribe for you an antibiotic both oral and topical. Until you see a doctor, try to soak the hand or foot with warm water and salt to help reduce the edema. ...Read more

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What are the tests for paronychia?

Usually none needed: It is a clinical diagnosis and no tests are generally needed. The doctor may wish to culture the lesion for a better identification of the organism involved. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of paronychia?

Pain redness,+: Swelling, pus formation. Paronychia/whitlow/felon, is an often-tender bacterial or fungal hand infection or foot infection where the nail and skin meet at the side or the base of a finger or toenail. The infection can start suddenly (acute paronychia) or gradually (chronic paronychia). ...Read more

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How long does acute paronychia last?

Depends: If treated with drainage and/or antibiotics it should start to improve within 48-72 hours. Left untreated it is likely to get worse. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat paronychia?

Drainage: It is important for your doctor to incise and drain the collection of pus and take a course of antibiotics to help resolve the infection. If there is an underlying course for the paronychia such as an ingrown nail, that needs to be removed. ...Read more

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How can I tell if paronychia is mild or acute?

The "distinction": that is more "appropriate" is whether the paronychia is INFECTED (with bacteria or rarely fungus) or is it simply mild requiring a manicurist's attention! Hope this is helpful BTW if infected SOAK! SOAK SOAK and see a hand(or foot) Specialist for removal and treatment Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with paronychia?

What are the symptoms associated with paronychia?

Pain redness,+: Swelling, pus formation. Paronychia/whitlow/felon, is an often-tender bacterial or fungal hand infection or foot infection where the nail and skin meet at the side or the base of a finger or toenail. The infection can start suddenly (acute paronychia) or gradually (chronic paronychia). ...Read more

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How can I treat Paronychia at home? I suffer with Paronychia approximately 1-2 times a month.

Paronychia: If infection has set in, self-treatment of paronychia won't work. Medical care and antibiotics are needed. But to prevent recurrences, you can stop getting manicures and stop using instruments on your nails (esp. cutting cuticles, using orange sticks) and stop applying nail polish that might irritate or reinfect healing tissue. Keep hands and nails clean and dry, and don't pick at cuticles. ...Read more

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Is paronychia contagious?

No: Parochychia is an infected embedded nail margin in a toe or finger. ...Read more

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How can you tell when paronychia is healing?

Signs of improvement: With healing you will see decreased pain and swelling and the redness will resolve. ...Read more

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How does paronychia look like when it is healing?

Red,puffy, irritated: A paronychia is an infection around the cuticle of the finger or toes. It is usually a strep or staph but could be fungal, viral or any number of other microbes. As it heals, it should lose some of the redness, perhaps be a bit shiny, may be swollen, cracked, tender and may still have some pus draining. Wash well, take all of your antibiotics, use some topical antibiotic ointment and follow up. ...Read more

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What does a paronychia look like when it's healing?

Paronychia: As a paronychia resolves there is less tenderness, redness and swelling. ...Read more