Nail Pain

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It describes any painful sensation over the nail, which may be pressing,sharp, burning or dull.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fever

  • Repeated fever above 38 ℃

  • Swelling of the affected area

Possible causes

  • 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).

  • Psoriasis (except for pustular psoriasis)

    A skin disease caused by the immune system attacking skin cells, thought to be genetic as well as triggered by other things such as environment, illnesses and stress.

  • Hand-foot-mouth disease

    HFMD (Hand-foot-mouth disease) is a highly contagious viral infection. To prevent transmission, patients should wash their hands regularly and avoid going to school until the ulcers have healed and the rashes have dried up. Patients often eat and drink less due to the painful mouth ulcers, hence it is important to monitor for dehydration and encourage food and water intake.

  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Mycosis fungoides / Sézary syndrome
  • Scleroderma
  • Iron deficiency anemia

  • Low syndrome

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have nail pain?

  • Has your nail shape changed?

  • Has your nail color changed?

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

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