How is paronychia prevented?

Updated: Oct 09, 2020
  • Author: Elizabeth M Billingsley, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Patients should also avoid any further trauma to or manipulation of the nail. Hangnails should be trimmed to a semilunar smooth edge with a clean, sharp nail plate trimmer. Toenails should be trimmed flush with the toe tip. Patients should not bite the nail plate or lateral nail folds.

Patients should also avoid prolonged hand exposure to moisture. (Rubber or latex-free gloves can be worn.) If hand washing must be frequent, patients should use antibacterial soap, thoroughly dry their hands with a clean towel, and apply an antibacterial moisturizer.


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