When is surgery indicated in the treatment of paronychia?

Updated: Oct 09, 2020
  • Author: Elizabeth M Billingsley, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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If paronychia does not resolve despite best medical efforts, surgical intervention may be indicated. Also, if an abscess has developed, incision and drainage must be performed (see the image below). Surgical debridement may be required if fulminant infection is present.

Paronychia incision and drainage. Paronychia incision and drainage.

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