To prevent paronychia, try the following:
Keep your hands and feet dry and clean.
Wear rubber gloves with an absorbent cotton lining if your hands are exposed routinely to water or harsh chemicals.
Be gentle when you manicure your nails. Avoid cutting your cuticles or pushing them back.
Avoid biting your nails and picking at the skin around your nails.
If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar levels within a normal range...