How to treat paronychia (an infected nail)

Paronychia is a skin infection that develops around the nail. It occurs when bacteria or fungi enter the skin.
Paronychia nails may be caused by biting or chewing, but are more common when working with hands is frequently wet or exposed to chemicals.

Most paronychia cases are not serious and there are many effective treatments. This article will discuss the causes and treatment of infection.


What is Paronychia?

Paronychia, infection of skin around at least one finger or fingernail. Generally, it develops around the edges of the nail at the bottom or sides.

This skin infection causes inflammation, swelling and discomfort around the nail. Abscess-containing abscesses may also occur.

There are two types of paronychia:

Acute paronychia. It develops during hours or days. Infection usually does not spread to the depth of the finger and treatment can reduce symptoms relatively quickly.
Chronic paronychia. This occurs when symptoms last at least 6 weeks. It develops more slowly and can become more serious. Chronic paronychia often affects several steps at the same time.
Paronychia can occur at any age and can be easily treated.

In rare cases, the infection may spread to the rest of the finger or toe. If this happens, a person should see his doctor.

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