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Paronychia

 
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Overview

  • Look For

  • Erythema and swelling of the skin around the fingernails, which may be associated with pus from the nail fold.
  • Significance

  • Infection, usually due to Staphylococcus, Streptoccocus or sometimes Herpes simplex.
  • Predisposing Factors

  • Ingrown nail
  • Artificial nails
  • Manicuring
  • Habitual nail biting
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