Read below about fingernail pain, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your fingernail pain from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Fingernail Pain

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced fingernail pain. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Nail Infection (Paronychia)

    Paronychia is an infection of the nail folds, typically caused by Staph. Aureus. Or a fungus.

    Great prognosis. Recovery in the next two weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous finger pain, fingernail pain, fingernail swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  2. 2.Chronic Nail Infection (Paronychia)

    Chronic Fingernail Infection (Paronychia) is caused by repeated damage to the cuticle (the thin layer of skin that covers the base of the nail). The cuticle protects the nail from infection, and when it's damaged again-and-again, it can predispose someone to infections of the nail (paronychia).

    Really depends on you - the more you are protecting your nails, the more likely you will heal

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous finger pain, fingernail pain, cuticle loss, fingernail swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Fingernail Pain

  • Q.Did you injure your finger?
  • Q.Do any of your body parts (e.g., toes, hands, ears) feel cold?
  • Q.Did you get a manicure and/or pedicure in the past few days?
  • Q.Did you recently injure your hand or fingers?

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Fingernail Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced fingernail pain have also experienced:

    • 15% Fingernail Changes
    • 10% Finger Pain
    • 10% Cut on the Finger
  • People who have experienced fingernail pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 28% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced fingernail pain were most often matched with:

    • 50% Nail Infection (Paronychia)
    • 50% Chronic Nail Infection (Paronychia)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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