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Nail Disorders

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Paronychia

The Paronychia nail infection includes symptoms such as inflammation around the base of your nails or distortions in your nail itself. Paronychia is caused by many different organisms such as the yeast-like organism Candida.

What’s the Best Treatment?

When we treat bacterial paronychia, we recommend soaking in hot water at least two times every day to reduce pain and inflammation. We might also prescribe oral antibiotics and topical medication. If you have an extreme case, we’ll have to cut open the lesion to drain the fluid. When we treat fungal paronychia, we prescribe a topical or oral antifungal.

Fungal Nail Infections

Fungal nail infections, also known as onychomycosis, look a lot like other fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot. Usually targeting toenails rather than fingernails, they show up frequently for those who spend a lot of time at public swimming pools, gyms, and shower rooms. Fungal nail infections thrive in warm, moist areas, so be careful if you tend to perspire excessively or often wear closed-toed footwear.

Our Solution

Fungal nail infections can be difficult to treat. We prescribe oral medications, but since toenails take a full year to produce a brand new, clear nail, you won’t see immediate results. The medication causes a variety of side effects and can’t be taken if you’re already taking other medication. Topical medication has little effect.

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