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A paronychia is an infection that occurs around a fingernail or toenail. It can be very painful and cause swelling, redness and warmth in the infected area. Paronychia is caused by bacteria and can spread if you don't treat it quickly. It is important to see a doctor if you think you have whitlow in order to receive proper treatment.


Paronychia is caused by bacteria that enter the skin around the nail, often through a small cut or injury. These bacteria can multiply and cause an infection that can become painful and inflame the affected area. It is important to keep hands and feet clean and not to hurt them to avoid paronychia.


Treatment for whitlow depends on its severity. For mild paronychia, the doctor may simply clean the area and prescribe an antibiotic to help cure the infection. In more severe cases, the doctor may need to make an incision to drain the buildup of pus that may be forming in the affected area.

If you have whitlow, it's important not to try to puncture or open it yourself, as this can make the infection worse and cause it to spread. It is also important to keep the affected area clean and dry, take any medications prescribed by your doctor as directed, and follow your doctor's advice to prevent the infection from spreading or coming back.

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