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My left middle finger has swolen and has been like the for

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My left middle finger has swolen and has been like the for about a week and now there is been forming around it, it hurt sometimes and when I hit it or touch it, it hurts, I searched it online and it said I was from nail biting which I do and that it's called Paronychia, what should I do to make it better

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Yup. That sure looks like paronychia....

You can try treating this yourself with hot compresses to the affected area at least 4 times a day.

If your finger doesn't show some improvement in a day or so then you will probably need oral antibiotics. I like to use augmentin 875mg every 12 hours for 7 t0 10 days.

In some cases an abscess has formed and will need to be surgically drained. This can be done in the office and take but a few minutes.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thank you very much when I searched this online before asking for help I also found that if I wanted to treat it myself I could use warm water to heal it and now that you have also suggested the same thing I will give it a go and see if it gets any better, thanks again!

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