Paronychia is an infection of the skin around your cuticles.The cuticle is a layer of clear skin located along the bottom edge of your finger or toe. This area is known as the nail bed. The cuticle function is to protect new nails from bacteria when they grow out from the nail root. The area around the cuticle is delicate. It can get dry, damaged, and infected. It’s important to care for the entire nail area and keep it clean so that your nails stay healthy.
The symptoms of paronychia may include:
1. Redness of the skin around the nail
3. Pus-filled blisters
4. Changes in nail shape, color, or texture
5. Nail detachment
Here are four ways to protect your cuticles from Paronychia:
1. The easiest way to care for them is to soak your hand or foot in soapy, warm water for around 10 minutes every few days. This helps soften the cuticle and keeps your nails clean
2. You can also apply cuticle oil and a massage cream. Moisturize your cuticles regularly to prevent dryness and cracking
3. Avoid picking at your cuticle. If you have a hangnail, carefully remove it with tweezers or clippers, instead of ripping it out or biting it off
4. Also limit your use of harsh nail polishes, glue used for artificial nail stickers and removers. Use an acetone-free formula for a nail polish remover.
Mild forms of paronychia can usually be treated at home. Your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic or antifungal medication for more serious cases.
Taking care of your cuticles is important for your health. They protect your nail area from infection and always avoid nail salons that don’t sanitize their instruments ask the technician to skip cutting your cuticles if you are uncomfortable.
Talk to your doctor or dermatologist if you notice any sign or symptom of infection, they can recommend a treatment plan.