Paronychia management option?
Hello, I am suffering from paronychia that is an inflammation of the folds of tissue surrounding the nail of a toe and finger. I learnt that the most common cause of acute paronychia is direct or indirect trauma to the cuticle or nail fold. Such trauma may be relatively minor, resulting from ordinary events, such as dishwashing, an injury from a splinter or thorn, onychophagia (nail biting), biting or picking at a hangnail, finger sucking, an ingrown nail, manicure procedures (trimming or pushing back the cuticles), artificial nail application, or other nail manipulation. Please let me know the treatment options.
@banani Treatment of acute paronychia is determined by the degree of inflammation. If an abscess has not formed, the use of warm water compresses and soaking the affected digit in Burow's solution (i.e., aluminum acetate) or vinegar may be effective. Acetaminophen or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug should be considered for symptomatic relief. Mild cases may be treated with an antibiotic cream (e.g., mupirocin [Bactroban], gentamicin, bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin B [Neosporin]) alone or in combination with a topical corticosteroid. The combination of topical antibiotic and corticosteroid such as betamethasone (Diprolene) is safe and effective for treatment of uncomplicated acute bacterial paronychia and seems to offer advantages compared with topical antibiotics alone.