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.
Constantly wet and cracked hands.
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.