Thumb Pain Near The Fingernail Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your thumb pain near the fingernail symptoms, including 2 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 2 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

2 Possible Thumb Pain Near The Fingernail Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced thumb pain near the fingernail. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Nail infection (paronychia)

Paronychia is an infection of the skin of the fingers or toes, at the place where the skin folds down to meet the nail.

Acute, or sudden onset, paronychia is caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. The organism can gain entry if the nail is cracked, broken, bitten, or trimmed too closely.

Chronic, or ongoing, paronychia is caused by a fungus. Anyone whose work requires their hands to be wet much of the time is susceptible.

People with diabetes or a weakened immune system are more susceptible to nail infections.

Symptoms include sore, reddened, swollen skin around the nail, sometimes with pus collecting under the skin.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination and sometimes skin culture to identify the organism involved.

Treatment for acute paronychia involves having a medical provider clean the wounded nail and drain any infection, and sometimes provide a course of antibiotics.

Treatment for the chronic form involves keeping the skin dry and using an antifungal medication on the affected nail.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: spontaneous finger pain, fingernail pain, fingernail swelling

Urgency: Phone call or in-person visit

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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).

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 Thumb Pain Near The Fingernail

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Let's examine your thumb a bit. What makes your thumb hurt worse?
  • Do you repetitively use your thumb and wrist?
  • Press on the thumb along the hand. Does this hurt?
  • Does this hand movement cause you pain? (This is known as Finkelstein test.)

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Thumb Pain Near The Fingernail Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced thumb pain near the fingernail have also experienced:

  • 22% Thumb Pain
  • 9% Fingernail Changes
  • 4% Skin-Colored Hand Bump

People who have experienced thumb pain near the fingernail were most often matched with:

  • 50% Nail Infection (Paronychia)
  • 50% Chronic Nail Infection (Paronychia)

People who have experienced thumb pain near the fingernail had symptoms persist for:

  • 32% Less than a week
  • 24% Over a month
  • 22% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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