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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?

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using that product could be problematic on human skin. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
145 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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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 long does it take paronychia to heal?

7-10 days: With proper treatment, 7-10 days from start of treatment. ...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
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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

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What is the difference between onychia and paronychia?

What is the difference between onychia and paronychia?

Onychia.: The above picture is onychia. It is an infection of the nail. Paronychia involves the skin surrounding the nail. ...Read more

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What should I do to treat a paronychia which is still mild. No pus?

What should I do to treat a paronychia which is still mild. No pus?

See below: Warm soaks 10 minutes 3-4x a day. Topical antibiotics with bacitracin, mupirocin, or triple antibiotic ointment. If you get pus, it needs to be open (incision and drainage). ...Read more

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Can I ve paronychia whiich is not painful.....Nothing except a mild swelling?

Paronychia: Paronychia is usually defined as inflammation, redness, and some pain of the skin that surrounds the nail plate. It may or not be accompanied by infection due to an ingrown toenail. Most paronychias are caused by a thickened, discolored, and deformed toenail, and of course, they can also be non-painful. ...Read more

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What is a good anti biotic for paronychia. Any ointment that can be used externally. Pls help.

What is a good anti biotic for paronychia. Any ointment that can be used externally. Pls help.

Paronychia: Can be caused by bacteria or fungus such as yeast or can be due to foreign material or scar under the nail fold. One topical ointment that can help is Bactroban (mupirocin) which is a prescription antibiotic but does not treat fungal infections. Indigo violet has antiseptic antibacterial and anti fungal properties and application can help. But swollen paronychia with pressure may need drainage ...Read more

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The paronychia how treatment?

Warm compress: Treatment of acute paronychia without abscess formation includes local care involving warm compresses or soaks up to 3x/day for 20 min. Oral antibiotics may help in more severe cases. Topical antibiotics with or without topical corticosteroids have also been used. If an abscess is present, it needs to be incised and drained. ...Read more

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Flucanozole for chronic paronychia?

Flucanozole for chronic paronychia?

No: Paronychia is an infection of the area where to the fingernail or toenail meets the skin. It is usually a bacterial infection, whereas Fluconazole only treats fungus. The treatment usually involves hot soaks and sometimes surgical drainage. Fluconazole is unlikely to help., . ...Read more

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Does levaquin (levofloxacin) treat paronychia?

Some cases: Perionychia or infection of the nail folds can be acute or chronic. Most often acute cases are caused by bacterial infections that would respond to levaquin (levofloxacin). Other agents that are more commonly used are cephalexin, Amoxicillin and clindamycin. Chronic cases of perionychia are typically caused by fungal infections and will not respond to levaquin (levofloxacin). ...Read more

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Is paronychia or the pus from it is contagious?

Is paronychia or the pus from it is contagious?

Pus contagious?: Usually not but if you rubbed the pus into someone else's cut they might get the same infection thus it can be transmitted from one person to another. But no usually contagious. Do not recommend trying this however. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for paronychia?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for paronychia?

I&D if needed: See your doctor if the paronychia doesn't resolve in a few days or gets severely painful swollen and warm. A pus pocket might have formed and no amount of antibiotic will make it better- it may need to be lanced (i.e. Incised and drained). ...Read more

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Does paronychia usually cause many symptoms, such as bad infections?

Localized: Paronychia is a localized infection of the nail fold and is treatable with topical medications. If persistent oral antifungals can be used. The residual swelling can be treated with intralesional kenalog (triamcinolone) once infection resolves. ...Read more