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Paronychia (Nail Infection) (cont.)

Paronychia Pictures

A moderate paronychia. Swelling and redness around the edge of the nail is caused by a large pus collection under the skin.
A moderate paronychia. Swelling and redness around the edge of the nail is caused by a large pus collection under the skin.

Another view of the same paronychia. The majority of the swelling and redness can be seen on the right side of this picture.
Another view of the same paronychia. The majority of the swelling and redness can be seen on the right side of this picture.

A scalpel (knife) is inserted under the skin at the edge of nail to open the pus pocket and drain it to relieve the pressure and treat the infection.
A scalpel (knife) is inserted under the skin at the edge of nail to open the pus pocket and drain it to relieve the pressure and treat the infection.

A closer view of the scalpel used to open the infected area.
A closer view of the scalpel used to open the infected area.

The doctor pushes on the swollen area to get the pus out after the incision was made with the scalpel.
The doctor pushes on the swollen area to get the pus out after the incision was made with the scalpel.

REFERENCE:

Nail Diseases. In: Habif, T.P., ed. Clinical Dermatology, 5th Ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier, 2009.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2015

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