Paronychia = a bacterial infection/inflammation fingernail disorder at the cuticle or nail fold!
September 21, 2009
What is paronychia?
Paronychia concerns a bacterial infection of the skin (cuticle or lateral fingernail fold) surrounding the fingernail or toenail – often caused by an ingrown nail. Along with gradual thickening + browning discoloration of the nail plate, pus is usually present under the skin.
What causes paronychia?
Regarding the cause of paronychia, the two most common causes are:
• Pyogenic paronychia = inflammation of the folds of skin surrounding the nail caused by bacteria (NOTICE: acute paronychia is usually a pyogenic paronychia);
• Candidal paronychia = inflammation of the nail fold produced by Candida albicans (NOTICE: chronic paronychia is often a candidal paronychia);
• Runaround paronychia = inflammation around the entire nail.
What is the right treatment for paronychia?
In mild cases, an acute paronychia may disappear within a few days. A painful paronychia can be treated with self care at home (including: warm soaks, draining of pus). Severe cases of acute paronychia – should be treated with antibiotics (consultation with your doctor/general practitioner is then recommended).
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PHOTO – An example of a severce case of paronychia: