Paronychia Symptoms, Causes and More

By gareth
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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Paronychia is fairly easy to recognize. Red, tender skin forms at the cuticle or nail fold, at the base or side of the nail and begins to swell. Yellow pockets of pus may also develop. The index and middle fingers are most commonly affected, probably due to these two digits being used more frequently.

Sometimes paronychia is felt before being seen, with a painful sensation when someone places a hand in their pocket or putting shoes on.


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