Paronychia is an inflammation of the skin around the nail, which can occur suddenly, when it is usually due to the bacteria Staph. aureus, or gradually when it is commonly caused by Candida albicans. The index and middle fingers are most commonly affected and usually present with redness, swelling and pain. Pus or discharge may be present. Risk factors include repeatedly washing hands and trauma.

Treatment ranges from antibiotics and anti-fungals, and if pus is present, the consideration of incision and drainage.

Treatment ― OTC Drugs
Applying an OTC antibiotic ointment may help. If the ointment is applied too thinly, it may not work at all.

Use OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen to ease the pain.
  • It is accompanied by pain.
  • Edema is observed on the right finger.
  • Paronychia presumed to be caused by ingrown nails
  • Yellowish lesion due to pustule.
  • Ingrown nail
  • Typical Paronychia ― It is caused by infection by bacteria or viruses.
  • Chronic Paronychia
  • Typical Paronychia due to bacterial infection.
  • If green discolor is present, a pseudomonas infection should be suspected.