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Perionychium, Nail Bed Infection

If you suffer from perionychium, nail bed infection, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is Perionychium, Nail Bed Infection?

Perionychium refers to the soft tissue surrounding the fingernail or toenail, including the nail bed and the tissues at the sides and base of the nail. It serves as a protective barrier and helps support the nail’s growth and attachment. A nail bed infection, or paronychia, can occur when the skin around the nail is damaged or compromised, allowing bacteria, fungi, or viruses to invade the area.

Indications Of Perionychium, Nail Bed Infection

The symptoms of a nail bed infection can vary but often include redness, swelling, warmth, tenderness, and pain around the affected nail. In some cases, the infection may progress, leading to the formation of pus, abscesses, or the separation of the nail from the nail bed.

Treatments For Perionychium, Nail Bed Infection

Treatment for a nail bed infection usually involves keeping the affected area clean and dry, soaking the finger or toe in warm water, and applying topical antibiotic ointments or creams. In cases of bacterial infections, oral antibiotics may be prescribed. If an abscess forms, it may need to be drained. It’s important to avoid picking or forcefully removing the affected nail, as this can worsen the infection.

Prevention of nail bed infections involves maintaining good hand and foot hygiene, avoiding excessive moisture or trauma to the nails, and refraining from biting or picking at the nails or surrounding skin.

If you suspect a nail bed infection or experience persistent symptoms, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.


If you would like to speak to an Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Specialist, give us a call at 817-697-4038, or contact us over the web. Tele-medicine appointments are also available.