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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is paronychia?

Inflammation of the skin around the nails. It is commonly caused by bacterial or fungal infections, which enter through broken skin (e.g. from hangnails or nail-biting).

Symptoms of paronychia

  • Pain in my nails

  • Affected area of skin has stinging or tingling

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Swelling of the affected area

Questions your doctor may ask to check for paronychia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose paronychia

  • Do you have nail pain?

  • Do you have any pain or tingling in the affected areas of the skin?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

Treatment for paronychia

In simple cases, warm soaks and antibiotic cream or tablets can treat the infection. However, more serious cases may require a small procedure to drain pus from the infection.

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