Inflammation of the folds of skin surrounding the fingernail or toenail
May be acute (<6 wk) or chronic (>6 wk)
Typically infectious but can be noninfectious
System(s) affected: s...
Special tests: digital pressure test to look for abscess
Diagnostic procedures: can do ultrasound to look for abscess 2[C], x-ray (XR) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) if atypical
Depends on severity of inflammation and abscess formation
Acute: warm compresses with warm water or antiseptic soaks and a topical antibiotic (triple antibiotic ointment)
No special diet
Zinc 20 mg daily supplementation may be helpful 2.
Acute paronychia is usually bacterial and chronic paronychia is usually due to irritants.
Diagnosis is based on history and physical.
Treatment should start with warm compresses and I...
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