The symptoms and causes of Paronychai and Onychia are the same however the affected area is different. This is a skin infection that occurs around the fingernails and toenails, it normally affects the skin from the cuticle or the sides of the nail.
The causes of Paronychia is due to bacteria getting into the skin around the nail after it has become injured. The skin can become damaged if you Bite, rip and tear nails or suck on fingers. Dry skin, Eczema & Hangnail can also cause or be the cause of damage skin and bacteria entering the area.
Signs of Paronychia are:
- Warmness (in infected area)
- Blisters (pus-filled)
If you are suffering with Paronychia it is advised that you soak your hands roughly 4 times a day, This should help ease the pain and swelling, your body should naturally attack the infection and normally would clear up in a week. If you continue to suffer the symptoms it is advised to seek medical advice as they may be able to help fight the infection.
To try and prevent Paronychia from occurring you should
- Keep your nails trimmed and smooth but not too short
- Don’t bite or tear nails
- Don’t trim your cuticles
- Use clean clippers and nail scissors
- Protect any cuts around the nail
- Avoid nail & finger injuries
- Treat any Eczema, Hangnail or dry skin
All information supplied is for reference use only, if you are concerned about any ailments please seek medical advice.