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I have a purple lump round the edge of my fingernail as well

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Hey I have a purple lump round the edge of my fingernail as well as some redness. It has a painful burning feeling even when not being touched. What is the likely cause?

Hello. I'm Dr Chip
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Could you please post a photo of that for me on this page?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Yeah trying to send it

Got it--hold on please

The medical terms are paronychia and felon--an infection around the nail that also has a pocket of pus

For now you can try warm soaks and an over the counter topical antibiotic ointment like Neosporin but you really should see a doctor about this to get it drained and to get on a course of oral antibiotics

Please let me know if you need any more information

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Ok thankyou. Should I go and see a doctor as soon as possible or do you think it could wait a few days?

It can wait until Monday

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