How long does it take for paronychia to go away?
In most cases, an acute paronychia heals within 5 to 10 days with no permanent damage to the nail. Rarely, very severe cases may progress to osteomyelitis (a bone infection) of the finger or toe. Although a chronic paronychia may take several weeks to heal, the skin and nail usually will return to normal eventually.
Felon: This bacterial infection of the finger pad, caused by the same organisms that cause paronychia, is usually the result of a puncture wound. The wound allows the introduction of bacteria deep into the fingertip pad. Because the fingertip has multiple compartments, the infection is contained in this area.
- A whitlow or felon is an infection of the tip of the finger. Herpetic whitlow and melanotic whitlow are subtypes that are not synonymous with the term felon. A felon is an "extremely painful abscess on the palmar aspect of the fingertip".
- If you notice any of these signs of infection, call your doctor right away:
- expanding redness around the wound.
- yellow or greenish-colored pus or cloudy wound drainage.
- red streaking spreading from the wound.
- increased swelling, tenderness, or pain around the wound.
- Tenosynovitis is inflammation of a tendon and its sheath (see the image below). Most acute cases of flexor tenosynovitis (FT)—which involves disruption of normal flexor tendon function in the hand—result from infection.
Updated: 28th September 2018