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Paronychia (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Paronychia finger infection what symptoms?

Paronychia finger infection what symptoms?

Paronychia Sxs: Paronychia means swelling or irritation around the nail. It can be bacterial, viral or fungal. ...Read more

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Can paronychia finger infection spread to the upper arm?

Can paronychia finger infection spread to the upper arm?

It's a possibility: Infections that are not treated can spread and patients who have immunosuppression, such as diabetes HIV are more prone to these kinds of infections. These infections should be treated early and evaluated by a dr. ...Read more

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I'm suffering paronychia in my finger. I'm soaking it in warm water, applying Fucidin cream, no healing for 5days noe. Plz advice.

I'm suffering paronychia in my finger. I'm soaking it in warm water, applying Fucidin cream, no healing for 5days noe. Plz advice.

You may: You may need oral antibiotics. You can also soak finger in white vinegar for 10 minutes daily followed by soaking in rubbing alcohol for 10 minutes daily. ...Read more

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5 days on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for Paronychia. Finger still red, swollen. White and red pus coming out. Is it still infected? Does it mean it is healing?

5 days on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for Paronychia. Finger still red, swollen. White and red pus coming out. Is it still infected? Does it mean it is healing?

Paronychia treatment: It sounds like the Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) isn't working if you still have signs of infection - redness, swelling and pus. This means either the bacteria are resistant, there are other bacteria there, or even fungus. You should go back to the doctor who gave you the Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and ask for the next steps - which could mean a localized treatment (cutting the skin or removing the nail). Try to go ASAP since it's 5 days ...Read more

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I have finger paronychia. It is painful and swollen. I soaked it and it drained a little pus but is still swollen and painful. When should I see a dr?

I have finger paronychia. It is painful and swollen. I soaked it and it drained a little pus but is still swollen and painful. When should I see a dr?

Be seen: Chances are, by continuing the hot saline soaks for a few more days, your condition will resolve without the need for a procedure. But if it appears to be getting worse, you should be seen by a hand surgeon. The procedure is simple. Hot saline soaks should continue. Antibiotics are rarely necessary. Only chronic infections may be due to yeast, in which case mycolog ointment will be prescribed. ...Read more

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I had a finger paronychia drained 3 days ago. It's still red, painful with some pus and blood draining out. Should it be lanced again?

I had a finger paronychia drained 3 days ago. It's still red, painful with some pus and blood draining out. Should it be lanced again?

Show it to doctor: Soak it in warm water with soap, put iodine around the wound when dry. You may need systemic antibiotics. Needless to say, schedule follow up with your doctor ...Read more

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I have paronychia in my left index finger. It has formed an abcess and It has been lanced and I'm currently taking augmentin. A couple of hours ago it burst opened and started draining pus on its own... is this is a good sign?

I have paronychia in my left index finger. It has formed an abcess and It has been lanced and I'm currently taking augmentin. A couple of hours ago it burst opened and started draining pus on its own... is this is a good sign?

Recurrent abcess: Can come form the wound sealing up too soon, or from a bacteria or fungus that is not treated fully by the antibiotic. While daring pus is better than pus in a closed space that does not drain, if recurrent symptoms are occurring most would be advised to seek additional medical attention ...Read more

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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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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

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I had a paronychia drainage done at the ER on monday. How should my finger feel today? What discomfort would be considered normal at this point? Ty

Soreness: Post-ingrown nail removal, it should normally be sore but not too painful. It will look ugly so continue putting antibiotic ointment and bandage around area. Soaking it in epson salt water should be total 4-5 days after procedure. Hope this helps. ...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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Red ring around finger cuticle paronychia w/out pus appeared suddenly. Clipped hangnail 2 days ago. Soaking but no change. Not warm. Tx?

Red ring around finger cuticle paronychia w/out pus appeared suddenly. Clipped hangnail 2 days ago. Soaking but no change. Not warm. Tx?

Stop the soaking and: Use neosporin or triple antibiotic cream if you are not already doing so. If the redness starts to spread, you finger feels warm, you have fevers and/or chills, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I am on day 5 of cephalexin for paronychia. A pus filled blister has formed but my finger now has little pain. Will it pop on its own?

I am on day 5 of cephalexin for paronychia. A pus filled blister has formed but my finger now has little pain. Will it pop on its own?

Probably: Yes! I would recommend observation, maybe soap and water soaks, and if anything is changing that you don't believe is right go see your pcp or er. ...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 mom's middle finger is swollen and tender and there is pus coming out her nail fold, is this paronychia? How to treat plz?

See a doc: It certainly can be, or it can be a finger pulp infection. Either way, i'd see a doctor as this usually requires oral antibiotics. You can also try wet soaks at home, but this is not curative. ...Read more

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I was just fingered for the first time yesterday and it laster for 20 mins. I was just wondering what the effects of being fingered are?

I was just fingered for the first time yesterday and it laster for 20 mins. I was just wondering what the effects of being fingered are?

Sexual activity: If it wasn't done too vigorously and your vagina was well lubricated then usually no symptoms the next day. But probably the most common thing would be mild discomfort or slight bleeding the first time. Slight welling might happen too if fairly vigorous. Its probably time for you to see a GYN or family doctor to talk about birth control now that you have having foreplay ...Read more

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My fingers are stiff?

My fingers are stiff?

Too vague.: Stiff fingers can occur with swelling of any sort or simply arthritis or overuse. ...Read more