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What causes redness, swelling and painful splinter like particles come out of the cuticles of toes and fingers?

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Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Dermatologist

Practicing since :2007

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Posted on Fri, 25 Jan 2019 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: these Splinter like things are coming out of my cuticles and my fingernails and are very painful do you know what they may be there now in my feet and my hands with a lot of redness and swelling
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Paronychia and its management

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

I have reviewed the attached photographs. It seems to be paronychia which is inflammation of the nail folds.

I need to ask you few questions:
- Do you go for manicure and pedicure?
- Do you have the habit of frequent washing of hands and feet?

I would recommend you to take a course of oral and topical antibiotics. If I was your treating doctor, I would recommend you to take tablet Cephalexin twice daily and apply Fusidic Acid cream on the affected areas twice daily for 5-7 days.

Antibiotics are prescription drugs and you need to see the doctor in person to get them. Take anti-inflammatory medicines like tablet Ibuprofen for the pain and swelling.

Besides this keeps your hands and feet moisturized. avoid frequent washing of hands and feet. Avoid manicures and pedicures.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
Dermatologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 22 minutes later
I dont have a doc here. Just moved here from.another state
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 42 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Apply Neosporin ointment and take Ibuprofen.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Then you can simply apply a topical antibiotic like Neosporin ointment on the affected areas twice daily and take tablet Ibuprofen for the pain and swelling.

This should be available as they are over the counter medicines.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
Dermatologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 32 minutes later
I have been 4 weeks why do I have Splinter like thorny things coming out of my cuticles and when I pull them out or with my cuticle clippers a liquid comes out and hardens extremely quickly what is that
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 53 minutes later
Brief Answer:
It’s due to infection.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

This is happening due to infection. That’s why I have recommended you to go for a course of antibiotics.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
Dermatologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 41 minutes later
dr. what type of infection would cause this can you explain a little bit more
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 21 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Bacterial infection

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

It is basically a bacterial infection of the nail folds and the cuticles, most likely due to staphylococcus. It is often aggravated by clipping the cuticles or biting the nail folds and nails.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
Dermatologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 54 minutes later
will dr. what causes the clear fluid that comes out of my cuticles it dries really extremely hard almost I can't get it off my skin what is that
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 54 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Explained

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

It could be a serous fluid which is associated with inflammation and infection.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
Dermatologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 27 minutes later
,..Why would the fluid that seeps out turn extremely hard instantly almost like it adheres to my skin
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 1 minute later
Brief Answer:
Need to go for clinical & microscopic examination of fluid.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

To be absolutely sure of what the fluid is, we need to go for microscopic and clinical examination of the fluid.

Hope I have answered your query.

Regards,
Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney
Dermatologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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