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My daughter has a puffy red pus under her fingernail...What could it be?

My daughter has a puffy red pus under her fingernail...What could it be?

Infection: She may have an infection which needs to be assessed by her doctor. Occasionally this occurs with ingrown nails. ...Read more

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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My granddaughter born today has deep red fingernails is this normal?

My granddaughter born today has deep red fingernails is this normal?

Yes: This usually means there is good circulation. Infants are pinker than adults. A problem would be if the nails were blue. ...Read more

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Why is the skin around my 7 year old child's index fingernail red and swollen?

Why is the skin around my 7 year old child's index fingernail red and swollen?

Infection: This could represent a paranochyia which can be a bacterial or candida infection. If bacterial it can be drained and it will resolve without oral antibiotics. If yeast, treat with topical antifungal along nail fold. These infections can occur together and need to be treated to prevent the infection from spreading and causing damage to the nail. ...Read more

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Nail bed still looks red days after fingernail removal. Is this normal?

Nails sterile matrix: Or what you see under the nail plate (what you call the hard part of the nail) is very vascular and it bleeds. It normally is reddish in color from that blood supply no matter what shade or pigment one is. If it was taken off for infection, the best way to differentiate infection from normal hyperemia or redness from irritation and bllod flow is to ask the physician who took the nail off. ...Read more

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Hello, I have soreness underneath my fingernails, there is no redness or inflammation however when I touch them or put pressure on them they hurt?

Hello, I have soreness underneath my fingernails, there is no redness or inflammation however when I touch them or put pressure on them they hurt?

Sore nails: Hello ~ if you get manicures you might hold off for a month or so. Check under the nails to see there is no fungal infection, and if you use chemicals at work or have your hands immersed in water for any length of time, make sure your hands are protected and consider some time out. Thanks ...Read more

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3 days ago, I accidentally cut part of my fingernail, exposing skin. Bit red, no bleeding or pain. Do I need to keep covered until nail grows back?

3 days ago, I accidentally cut part of my fingernail, exposing skin. Bit red, no bleeding or pain. Do I need to keep covered until nail grows back?

To prevent trauma: If three days, body makes a protective cover for a small wound. You may keep a band-aid on to avoid trauma to the wound.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Fingernail sized blister. Bug bite. Light red. Light itch. Underneath the blister skin looks like Mars surface (ex: Trypophobia pics). 2 weeks now.

Fingernail sized blister. Bug bite. Light red. Light itch. Underneath the blister skin looks like Mars surface (ex: Trypophobia pics). 2 weeks now.

I cannot see your: Pics but large blisters can be caused by many things including bites, allergic reactions, infection, blistering disorders. I recommend if you aren't clearing in the next week, or if it is getting bigger or more painful, you should see a board certified dermatologist ...Read more

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I have an infection on my finger at the corner of my fingernail that is red and sore and what should I soak it in or put on it?

Get a check up: See your doctor who can drain the pus out. You will require short term pain killer and may be antibiotics. ...Read more

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I poke white part of my eye hour ago with fingernail while taking out contact. Shows dark red spot that hurts will it stop hurting on its own?

I poke white part of my eye hour ago with fingernail while taking out contact. Shows dark red spot that hurts will it stop hurting on its own?

Hemorrhage: Your white of your eye likely has a small hemorrhage from the mild eye trauma from pinching the contact lens. It's self limited & usually resolves in a week. The pain should resolve soon. Your eye may feel slight irritated though. Try frequent artificial tears (4-6 times). If your symptoms worsen with any change in vision, seek attention by your eye MD. ...Read more

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I used for cleaning named Sano Oxygen. And then became the fingertips of my hand hurts and under the fingernail color red. Why? And what I do?

I used for cleaning named Sano Oxygen. And then became the fingertips of my hand hurts and under the fingernail color red. Why? And what I do?

Wear gloves: You used a cleaning agent called Sanyo oxygen and now your fingers hurt. The cleaning agent probably has peroxide in it and exposure may cause a contact dermatitis. This will cause pain maybe even itching. Wear gloves with any strong chemicals. You may even notice the skin on your hands start to flake in a couple days. Be careful and hope this helps. ...Read more

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Scratched inner lower eyelid with my fingernail. Any treatment I should use? It's not very large or bleeding, just a bit red.

Scratched inner lower eyelid with my fingernail. Any treatment I should use? It's not very large or bleeding, just a bit red.

Eyelid Scratch: For a minor scratch like this I would do nothing except watchful waiting. If the pain increases, you start having drainage or visual changes then I would go see my doctor. This should heal quickly on its own. ...Read more

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Closed my thumb in car door a7bout 2 weeks ago. Now it is black and red underneath nail bed. Does the fingernail need to be removed and what doctor?

Closed my thumb in car door a7bout 2 weeks ago. Now it is black and red underneath nail bed. Does the fingernail need to be removed and what doctor?

Subungual hematoma: When a nail is crushed or injured, sometimes a hematoma (blood collection) forms beneath the nail. This can cause pressure on the nail sterile or germinal matrix (the region where nail growth and adhesion occurs). When doctors see a subungual hematoma (blood beneath the nail), it should be drained through a small hole in the nail. However, at two weeks, it is too late, and may simply be bruised ...Read more

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What might cause swelling in ankles, under eyes, and a red, purplish tint to fingernail beds? Also have some gastrointestinal trouble and pain rt ab.

See your doctor: Your history has listed hypothyroid and diabetes on insulin pump; in addition, your symptoms are vague and can be caused by so many things. I would recommend making an appointment with your physician to discuss your symptoms. That way they can ask the proper f/u questions and better understand what you are noticing AND they can examine you (which is an important part when you are c/o abd pain) ...Read more

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I accidentally poked my eye with my fingernail, now there's a red dot. Should I see an eye doctor?

I accidentally poked my eye with my fingernail, now there's a red dot. Should I see an eye doctor?

Depends: This is a very common injury and the bruise you now have on your eye a very common result. If your vision is unchanged, you are not having any significant eye pain, headache, light sensitivity, eye redness (other than this one spot) and if your pupil is still round in that eye then you are probably okay to watch this; use cool compresses bad artificial tears; go to your eye doctor for worsening. ...Read more

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For over a month, have had weight loss, shortness of breath, Fingernail Clubbing, and cough with yellow/white sputum and occasional red streaks. Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast Hi-Res Chest CT both came out negative. Scared. Not sure what's even going on?

For over a month, have had weight loss, shortness of breath, Fingernail Clubbing, and cough with yellow/white sputum and occasional red streaks. Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast Hi-Res Chest CT both came out negative. Scared. Not sure what's even going on?

More testing: In my opinion, These symptoms call for collaboration among internal medicine specialist, pulmonologist and cardiologist. A thorough history, complete physical examination and appropriate tests to also include comprehensive blood tests, echocardiogram, sputum studies, careful nose and throat exam, checks for anemia, alpha trypsin deficiency, etc. Searches for causes of true clubbing by each specialist ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

Trust your physician: Or obtain a pulmonary medical consultation as a second opinion. Without symptoms such as weight loss. Anorexia, expectorating pure blood. Chronic spasmodic coughing, etc. This is not consistent with lung cancer, especially with a negative CT scan. I suggest behavioral counseling with a certified psychotherpist for CBT. ...Read more

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What causes the ends of my finger nail towards the tip to turn red?

What causes the ends of my finger nail towards the tip to turn red?

More history needed: When does this happen? Are you resting, working with your hands, have they been wet, wearing tight gloves for some time, exposed to chemicals....
There are many possibilities. Since I cannot see your skin, I cannot give further advice.
Wishing you the best. .. ...Read more

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I have notice that my finger nails are dark red and I have not been feeling well at all. My back side is in pain a lot and my adomail area?

See your doctor soon: Whenever you suspect that you're not feeling well, and are having abdominal discomfort or pain, or any other symptoms that makes you feel you need to have an expert opinion, it's best to not wait to see your doctor. Then you can receive the best possible care in making you feel better quickly, and also know that you're in good hands. Don't delay! ...Read more

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I have some red spots under my finger nail should I be concerned?

I have some red spots under my finger nail should I be concerned?

Fingernail red spots: Hello LDang, I hope you're well. I will get right to the point. There is nothing good that causes redspots under your nails, also called 'splinter hemorrhages'. It could be just psoriasis or nail trauma but it could also be heart failure or an infection. I recommend having it checked by your doctor as soon as you can. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Hello, is it normal for the skin around your finger nail, nail fold, and first knuckle to be a little but more red and shiny then the other fingers?

Hello, is it normal for the skin around your finger nail, nail fold, and first knuckle to be a little but more red and shiny then the other fingers?

Possible infection: Redness around the fingernail area may be due to an infection called paronychia. This is often treated with warm soaks and may require a small incision or raising up the skin just below the nail to drain a small amount of pus. See a general surgeon to evaluate the finger if signs of redness persist. ...Read more

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I accidentally hit slammed my finger on a door and now there's a red/dark red little thing near my finger nail. Is it just a bruise?

I accidentally hit slammed my finger on a door and now there's a red/dark red little thing near my finger nail. Is it just a bruise?

Blood under the: Nail plate can look like a small dark spot/area. Usually itis just a bruise or a small tiny laceration to the strucutres under the nail, on occasion it can occur with a fracture, but a severe fracture usally has deformity or the nail is cracked or lifted off or the area of darkness is larger. If there is no trauma then that is different and needs eval. Do not try ot drain or evacuate the spot. ...Read more

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My middle finger nail I noticed I have 2 red streaks that are straight and covers full nail length. Appears to be under a ridges. Cancer?

My middle finger nail I noticed I have 2 red streaks that are straight and covers full nail length. Appears to be under a ridges. Cancer?

Doubtful: Occasionally melanoma can present with a black streak. This doesn't sound like a classic presentation for cancer but your dermatologist can likely provide an accurate assessment. Take care. ...Read more

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It feels like a possible infection on my finger and I am not sure how I picked it up. It feels tender around my finger nail, lightly red, swollen.

It feels like a possible infection on my finger and I am not sure how I picked it up. It feels tender around my finger nail, lightly red, swollen.

Paronychia: There are different kinds of infection around the nail. None of them respond to antibiotic ointment. May need drainage of pus. A common finding is chronic paronychia caused by bandaids and antibiotic ointments. Best see a dermatologist. ...Read more