How is a nail infection (paronychia) treated?

Paronychia will be diagnosed by your doctor. The treatment will be based on the severity of inflammation and infection and may include drainage, topical or oral medications.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/28/2017.


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