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Paronychia

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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