Paronychia (Nail Infection) (cont.)
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What Is the Prognosis of a Paronychia?
If treated early, the prognosis is very good. Some paronychias become chronic and recurring infections. In those situations, a fungal cause of the infection is particularly considered.
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.
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.
The doctor pushes on the swollen area to get the pus out after the incision was made with the scalpel.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017
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