A Common Problem
Nail infection presents a condition most of us are likely to experience at some points of our lives. Once it is noticed, it is to be treated as soon as possible. If left neglected, fingernail infection may lead to finger deformation or even a need for amputation. The frequency of this condition is related to our frequent negligence of this part of our body during our personal hygiene. Even though we bathe and wash our body regularly, we rarely take care of our fingernails, making them prone to getting dirty and thereby infected. For all the reasons mentioned above, it is crucial to know how to prevent fingernail infections as well as how to treat them if they appear.
Manifestations of Fingernail Infections
One of the most common cases of fingernail infection involves swelling, redness, and pus creation. Here, a wound is created somewhere below or next to the fingernail. This wound is being exposed to bacteria and other microorganisms, causing the infection and the production of pus visible behind the nail. Pain and tenderness to the touch are present as well.
Sometimes, redness and tenderness may appear without the swelling. The two symptoms may be accompanied by numerous small wounds around the infected area forming small blisters possibly ejecting a cloudy fluid. Most often, this case is followed by a fever and swelling of one's lymph nodes.
Alternatively, swelling and pain may be present, gradually increasing as the infection advances. If you are suffering from this type, you will not be able to touch anything with the troublesome finger, without causing you pain and discomfort. Pus may appear behind the fingernail, and get expelled eventually.
A more serious case involves swelling of the area between the fingers. Here, you may not be able to move your fingers without experiencing pain. Additionally, a small pus-filled spot may get formed under your skin.
Finally, fingers may get deformed or bent during the course of these infections. Also, the redness may appear on both nail and skin sides of a finger, possibly spreading. Therefore, timely action is the best prevention.
Taking into consideration that prevention is the best cure, taking good care of your fingernails is the best thing to do. So, clip and file them regularly, making sure you do not bite them or injure them in any way. Clean your nails with an antibacterial soap, using a brush of sorts. Finally, if you have an infected finger, do not use the same nail clipper for both it and the rest of your nails since you may spread the infection making things worse.