Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Good. Your painful fingernail could be due to an injured cuticle (especially if you bite your nails!), arthritis in the last joint of the finger near the nail, a skin infection, or other minor injury. If there is no sign of inflammation (redness, swelling or drainage), it is unlikely that your nail pain is due to a serious cause such as infection.
Call your doctor if your symptoms persist for more than two weeks or worsen.
Do you have a painful toenail?