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par·o·nych·i·a(par'ō-nik'ē-ă), Do not confuse this word with perionychia.
paronychia/par·onych·ia/ (par″-ah-nik´e-ah) inflammation involving the folds of tissue around the fingernail.
paronychiaNail infection Dermatology A superficial infection of the skin around nails, most commonly caused by staphylococci or fungi, often due to local injury–eg, biting off or picking a hangnail, or manipulating, trimming, or pushing back the cuticle; fungal paronychia is often associated with DM. See Onychomycosis.
paronychia(par-o-nik'e-a) [? + onyx, nail]
The nail edge shows redness, swelling, and suppuration.
Therapy may involve moist heat application, oral antibiotics, or surgical drainage.
paronychiaInfection of the skin fold at the base or side of the nail. Acute paronychia is usually caused by common bacteria such as Staphylococci and often progresses to abscess formation. Persistent (chronic) paronychia is usually caused by the thrush yeast fungus Candida albicans .
paronychianail fold/sulcus inflammation and infection, often associated with ingrowing toenail
acute paronychia acute inflammation, infection and pus formation of nail wall, in association with onychocryptosis (see ingrowing toenail)
chronic paronychia infection and chronic inflammation of nail apparatus characterized by swelling and inflammation of proximal nail fold, and nail plate dystrophy (discoloration, friability and marked ridging); caused by infection with Candida albicans, Staphylococcus or Pseudomonas species