Paronychia

  • Infection of the skin around the finger or toenails
  • Symptoms may include redness and swelling around the nails with pus-like drainage
  • Caused by a bacterial or fungal infection
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe
  • Not life threatening

Avoid sexual intercourse

FOR FEVER

Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits

Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)

Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration

Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):

Acetaminophen

Ibuprofen

Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

FOR NAUSEA

Drink clear or ice-cold drinks (avoid drinks high in sugar)

Eat light, bland foods (crackers or plain bread)

Avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods

Eat slowly and eat smaller, more frequent meals

Do not mix hot and cold foods

Avoid activity after eating

Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):

Diphenhydramine

Cyclizine

Dimenhydrinate

Meclizine

FOR PAIN

Apply hot or cold packs to the area

Relaxation techniques

Distraction

Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):

Acetaminophen

Ibuprofen

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