Acute Paronychia

Acute paronychia is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus, although other bacteria and herpes simplex virus may occasionally be responsible. Minor trauma commonly precedes the infection. Whenever possible cultures should be taken.

Treatment consists of local application of an antiseptic compound such as chlorhexidine or povidone-iodine, and administration of systemic antibiotics. If acute paronychia does not show clear signs of response to penicillinase-resistant antibiotics within 2 days, then surgical treatment should be instituted using proximal block anaesthesia. The base of the nail is removed by cutting across with pointed scissors.

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