Paronychia is a skin infection that occurs around the nails.
Infection - skin around the nail
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Paronychia is fairly common. It is usually caused by injury to the area -- for example, from biting off or picking a hangnail or from trimming or pushing back the cuticle.
- Bacterial paronychia is caused by bacteria.
- Candidal paronychia is caused by a specific type of yeast.
- Fungal paronychia is caused by a fungus other than Candida.
A bacterial and fungal infection may occur at the same time.
Fungal paronychia may be seen in persons with a
Review Date: 04/17/2009
Reviewed By: Michael Lehrer, MD, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.