Panaris: the symptoms

The paronychia is usually manifested by easily recognizable symptoms.

The bacterial paronychia, the most frequent variety of paronychia, generally concerns the regions which are all around the nail. But this type of infection can also affect the pulp of the fingers.

In the first stage of the infection (called the inoculation stage), there is a slight pain related to the wound, which quickly subsides. The signs of infection then appear: the skin turns red, hot and swollen. In the presence of these symptoms, it is recommended to consult a doctor promptly, when the inflammation is still moderate.

Untreated, the paronychia evolves towards a third stage (said stage of collection): an abscess is formed under the pulp of the finger or under the nail, the wound becomes purulent, the skin is red and very tense. A slight fever can sometimes occur. The abscess fills with pus and a species of yellowish pouch becomes visible under the cutaneous surface, on which it is necessary to intervene to evacuate the production of pus.

At this stage, paronychia is a medico-surgical emergency, which must be quickly addressed to avoid serious complications. The infection could indeed reach the joints (infectious arthritis), and tendinous sheaths.

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