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glossary:paronychia

A skin infection that occurs around the nails. 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.

glossary/paronychia.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)