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Paronychia (say "pair-oh-NY-kee-uh") is an infection of the skin around a fingernail or toenail. It happens when germs enter through a break in the skin. The doctor may have made a small cut in the infected area to drain the pus.
Most cases of paronychia improve in a few days. But watch your symptoms and follow your doctor's advice. Though rare, a mild case can turn into something more serious and infect your entire finger or toe. Also, it is possible for an infection to return.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 1, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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