Skin around my nails is pealing and hurts. What is causing this, and how do I stop it. I wash my hands regularly and use hand lotion.?

Paronychia. Paronychia is fairly common. It is usually caused by injury to the area -- for example, from biting off or picking a hangnail or from trimming or pushing back the cuticle. Bacterial paronychia is caused by bacteria. Candidal paronychia is caused by a specific type of yeast. Fungal paronychia is caused by a fungus. Treatment depends on the cause.