|Infection Surrounding the Nail|
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- Work that requires frequent exposure to chemical solvents or water, including food service, cleaning, dentistry, bartending, hairdressing, and nursing
- Habitual nail-biting
- Overly aggressive manicuring
- Redness and swelling of the skin around the nail
- Pus formation near the nail
- Pain and tenderness to the touch
- Discoloration or ridging of the nail
- Absence of the cuticle
- Keep your hands and feet clean and dry.
- Wear rubber gloves if your hands are routinely exposed to water or chemicals.
- Avoid biting your nails.
- Avoid cutting, pulling, or tearing your cuticles.
- Avoid artificial nails, vigorous manicures, or treatments that remove the cuticles.
- If you have diabetes, maintain your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.
- Practice proper hygiene. Do not share bathroom supplies.
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases http://www.niams.nih.gov
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Health Canada http://hc-sc.gc.ca
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Paronychia. Nemours Kid's Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/skin/paronychia.html. Updated March 2012. Accessed August 25, 2014.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 00/93/2013 -
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