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Case studies are posted regularly and the moderators response follows a few days after a case is posted. Please feel free to post your ideas we may find you have a better answer than the moderator!

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Fat Finger or Infection? - 4/13/2007
What do you think might be happening? What would be a good treatment plan?

Moderators Response:
This patient presented with an infection due to Staphylococcus into the hangnail referred to as a paronychia. It usually occurs on one side of the nail bed but may surround the nail plate. Acute paronychia is treated with warm soaks, oral antibiotics, and rest. Surgery is indicated for extensive infections
 
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4/16/2007
Otto
Acute cuticle infection? Treat with bandage, antibiotics and rest.
4/18/2007
Anonymous
By looks of the pic, I would think a paronychium infection primarily. DD could be irritated Heberden's nodule. I would treat with NSAID, Coban wrap, or buddy tape, or pre-fab stack splint, immobilize x 1 week.
4/24/2007
wicplo
By looking at pic ,it is bactria infection .
5/17/2007
Anonymous
A paronychia;staph infection that entered through a hangnail.It involves the fold of soft tissue around the fingernail.
5/27/2007
Fannoon
It is an infection, treatment: antibiotics, cryotherapy, rest, and good dressing.
6/11/2007
Anonymous
infection probably through hang nail. Antibx, warm soaks, dressing
7/31/2007
Shelleigh
Looks like a felon to me. Tx: possible drainage, per MD discretion, oral antibiotics, wound care, dressing
3/9/2009
Anonymous
paranychia antibiotics and splint/dressings
11/12/2011
Anonymous
infection, antibiotics and whirlpool
 
     
   
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