Nail Infection Evaluation
The evaluation of a paronychia begins with a history and physical exam.
Physical findings in someone with a paronychia include:
- Swelling of the skin next to the nail
- Redness of the skin next to the nail
- Tenderness to the skin next to the nail
- Pus draining from the skin next to the nail
- Ingrown fingernail
Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of a paronychia.
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