When the skin around a person's nail is irritated or injured
- biting/pulling off a hangnail
- frequent sucking on a finger
- clipping a nail too short or trimming the cuticle
- getting a manicure (chemicals in the glue for fake nails)
- hands submerged in water often
- certain health conditions make Paronychia more common (ex: diabetes)
Symptoms and Signs
- area of skin around nail is painful and tender when touched
- red and swollen and feels warm
- pus-filled blister may occur (if abscess forms see a doctor immediately)
- after a long period of time the nail may change color or shape or look like it is coming off of the nail bed
Home Remedy (only recommended if mild)
Impact on Lifestyle
Long Term Effects
Paronychia can cause permanent nail damage. If Paronychia is not treated effectively, the tissue and bone of the finger can become infected.
For more information:
"Nail Disorders and Abnormalities. Medical Information | Patient."Patient. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2016.
"Paronychia." : Practice Essentials, Background, Epidemiology. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2016.