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Paronychia Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • Most infections around the nail can be treated at home, as long as you don’t have an abscess (pocket of pus).
  • Try warm soaks 2–3 times a day, and apply an OTC antibacterial cream after soaking.
  • OTC pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol can help the pain.

When you may need a provider

  • You have an abscess with the infection—you may need antibiotics.
  • At home treatments don’t improve your symptoms in about 5 days.

Emergency Care

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Call 911 or go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling and redness starts to move up your fingers and or toes
  • You have bone pain in the infected fingers or toes.

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