Last Updated: 2013-11-21
Acute paronychia is an acute infection of the nail folds and periungual tissues, usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus.
Treatment of acute paronychia includes incision and drainage of any purulent fluid, soaks, and topical and/or oral antibacterials.
Chronic paronychia is a chronic irritant dermatitis of the periungual tissues resulting from barrier damage to the protective nail tissues, including the cuticle and the proximal and lateral nail folds.
Water and irritant avoidance is the hallmark of treatment of chronic paronychia.
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