Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
You could have a bacterial or fungal infection near the nail (called a paronychia). These occur most often in people who frequently have wet hands. Try soaking the finger, but contact your physician, especially if it is not getting better within a few days. If there is pus draining from the nail, redness spreading up the finger, fever or severe pain, seek medical attention right away ! Treatment may include a drainage procedure and antibiotics.
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