Paronychia (Nail Infection) Glossary of Terms

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Abscess: A local accumulation of pus anywhere in the body. The following are some example...

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Antibacterial: Anything that destroys bacteria or suppresses their growth or their ability...

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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Cellulitis: A spreading bacterial infection underneath the skin surface characterized by r...

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Chills: feelings of coldness accompanied by shivering. Chills may develop after exposure t...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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Diabetes: Refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabetes mell...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Drain: A device for removing fluid from a cavity or wound. A drain is typically a tube or ...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Fingernail: A fingernail is produced by living skin cells in the finger. A fingernail cons...

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Fungal: Pertaining to a fungus. For example, a fungal skin infection.

Incision: A cut through skin or other tissue performed by a health care professional.

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Nail: In medicine, there are two types of nails. One is just a plain old metal nail used t...

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Numb: Numb, or numbness is a loss of the sensation of feeling in an area of the body. Numb...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Paronychia: Inflammation of the folds of tissue surrounding the nail due to infection or i...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Pustule: A pustule is a small collection of pus in the top layer of skin (epidermis) or be...

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Recurrent: Appearing or occurring again. For example, a recurrent fever is a fever that ha...

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Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful, such as a sore throat. 2. (...

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Toenail: A toenail is produced by living skin cells in the toe. A toenail consists of seve...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Virus: A microorganism that is smaller than a bacterium that cannot grow or reproduce apar...

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