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Paronychia is a topic covered in the 5-Minute Emergency Consult.

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  • Disruption of the seal between the nail plate and the nail fold may allow entry of bacteria into the eponychial space.
  • Inflammation of the nail folds surrounding the nail plate


  • Acute paronychia: Predominantly Staphylococcus aureus but also streptococci, Pseudomonas, and anaerobes
  • Chronic paronychia: Multifactorial due to allergens and irritants in addition to fungal etiologies, predominantly Candida albicans, which commonly coexist with Staphylococcus species

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TY - ELEC T1 - Paronychia ID - 307491 ED - Barkin,Adam Z, ED - Barkin,Roger M, ED - Hayden,Stephen R, ED - Rosen,Peter, ED - Schaider,Jeffrey J, ED - Shayne,Philip, ED - Wolfe,Richard E, BT - 5-Minute Emergency Consult UR - https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307491/all/Paronychia PB - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ET - 5 DB - Emergency Central DP - Unbound Medicine ER -