Paronychia of the toenail - Definition


Paronychia of the toenail, as with the finger type, denotes any acute inflammation of the toenail. The inflammation is often located near a nail, usually secondary to a wound or small cut that has been ignored or not properly treated, where a germ has infiltrated the skin. The affected area then becomes red, swollen, and painful. If the infection is allowed to progress, pus can also accumulate, and a painful white swelling appears. In early stages, warm soaks that are remoistened several times a day can push the paronychia to "mature" and prevent it from progressing. If not correctly treated, a paronychia can spread to deep areas under the toenail and cause damage to other structures, such as the tendons or bones, in which case surgery may be required.
Published by Jeff. Latest update on October 29, 2013 at 07:16 AM by Jeff.
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