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What do I do for an infected fingernail?
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Martin Raff
If a finger infection does not respond quite rapidly to antibiotics, the inflammation extends upwards, or there is any evidence for more than superficial involvement you should be seen by a hand surgeon.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Quite simple
Infections around the nail area is often called onychia (by the cuticle area) and paronychia (sides of the nail) and often warm oaks in salt water etc.
. Allows it to pop and drain and thus will heal without antibiotics. Some have rather tough skin and a simple incision will help it drain etc...Either way, if u can drain the pus out, that is usually the cure! if u can't, consult doc.. Good luck.

In brief: Quite simple
Infections around the nail area is often called onychia (by the cuticle area) and paronychia (sides of the nail) and often warm oaks in salt water etc.
. Allows it to pop and drain and thus will heal without antibiotics. Some have rather tough skin and a simple incision will help it drain etc...Either way, if u can drain the pus out, that is usually the cure! if u can't, consult doc.. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
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In brief: Warm soaks
An infection around a fingernail is called 'paronychia'.
It responds to warm soaks. You may need oral antibiotics, however if not improved.

In brief: Warm soaks
An infection around a fingernail is called 'paronychia'.
It responds to warm soaks. You may need oral antibiotics, however if not improved.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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In brief: See a physician
Need care of area to remove ingrown portion of nail, and possibly antibiotics.

In brief: See a physician
Need care of area to remove ingrown portion of nail, and possibly antibiotics.
Dr. Ronald Oberman
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Soaks
Often the only thing necessary is soaking the area 3-4 times per day.
If no better then medication may be necessary.

In brief: Soaks
Often the only thing necessary is soaking the area 3-4 times per day.
If no better then medication may be necessary.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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