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Bacterial Paronychia

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Bacterial Paronychia

What is Bacterial Paronychia?
Bacterial Paronychia is commonly known as dermatitis of the nail fold. It occurs between the cuticle and the nail plate and follows the track with break in the skin.

Symptoms of Bacterial Paronychia

  • Infection around the nails
  • Swelling and sensitivity around the nails
  • Redness/ inflammation around the nails
  • Blisters with pus formation
  • The condition rarely spreads but it may occur on several fingers on the same hand.

Causes of Bacterial Paronychia

  • Bacterial Paronychia is caused by yeast/ fungal infections
  • Infections grow in the nail folds or cracks in the skin around the nail.
  • Habitual picking or biting of nails.
  • Application of artificial fingernails.
  • Retinoid treatment that causes the skin to go dry.
  • Ingrown nails.
  • Constantly wet and cracked hands.
  • Treatment of Bacterial Paronychia

Treatment of Bacterial Paronychia

  • Diagnosis of the cause is required.
  • Topical treatment antiseptic creams for infections
  • Oral Medication antibiotics may be prescribed for severe infections
  • Surgical Treatment Incisions could be required to drain pus and reduce swelling. Some rare severe cases could require extracting partial or complete nail.
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