What does the beginning of an infection in the finger or toe nails look like?

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JenniferNamChoiMD (Physician (Verified) ) - 09 / 03 / 2013

An infection in the finger or toenail most often appears as an area of redness, swelling, and pain at the edge of fingernail or toenail. Sometimes, there is associated pus within the red and swollen area. An infection around a fingernail or toenail is called paronychia. Treatment consists of topical or oral antibiotics, with or without topical steroids. It is important during the healing stage to avoid friction, pressure, or trauma to the affected nail.
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