Sam Moghtaderi and Kevin D. Plancher

History and Clinical Presentation

A 34-year-old, right hand dominant woman presented to her physician complaining of a red, tender area surrounding the nail of the third finger of her right hand. She had received a manicure 3 days prior to the onset of symptoms.

Physical Examination

The periungual areas of the affected digit appeared erythematous and swollen, and were tender to palpation over the radial paronychial fold and the eponychium (Fig. 5—1). There was also elevation of the proximal nail bed with pus extruding from below.

Diagnostic Studies

The diagnosis of paronychia is generally clinical, and does not require any diagnostic studies.

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