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Paronychia (Nail Infection) (cont.)

What Follow-up Is Needed After Treatment of a Paronychia?

  • Warm soaks
  • Follow-up appointment for removal of the wick (if placed)

Is It Possible to Prevent a Paronychia?

  • Avoid fingernail biting.
  • Wear rubber gloves if engaging in frequent hand washing or moisture-type exposure.
  • Control chronic illnesses, such as diabetes.
  • Wash hands frequently, especially if working in dirt, carpentry, or any job where the hands get soiled and have the potential for cuts and scrapes.

What Is the Prognosis of a Paronychia?

If treated early, the prognosis is very good.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2015

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