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What do swelling and pain around the finger nails indicate?

I have normal, healthy fingers. But suddenly I have developed swelling and pain near the fingernail of one finger. The skin is reddening and warmer than my other fingers. There is no apparent abrasion and I didn’t sprain or hurt my finger in another way. It’s just the fingertip above the first knuckle. It’s constant pain, especially when I touch the skin and throbbing and almost twice the size of the fingertip on the same finger of my other hand. What happened and what Can I do?
Mon, 5 Feb 2018
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello! Welcome to HealthcareMagic!

Sudden pain and swelling occurs when your finger nail-bed gets infected (paronychia). It commonly occurs in people whose fingers are exposed to water or chemicals for long periods.
Infection can be fungal or bacterial. This can be decided by seeing your fingers. Most common is bacterial. Soak your fingers in warm water for 4 to 5 times a day. Apply antibiotic cream neomycin. Do not neglect. If pain and swelling are severe, we can suspect abscesses for which surgical drainage will be required. No need to worry but act fast so that complications can be avoided.

Take care

Dr. VAMSI KRISHNA CHITTIMOJU, Pathologist and Microbiologist
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