Nail Bed Infection Causes and Remedies
Somehow, a nail bed infection can look more disgusting than anything cranked out of a horror movie. The multitude of colors and nice quantity of visible pus combined with the fact that the infection is on the part of the body that we touch each other with, shake hands with, and serve food with, make it one of the most unappealing places to have an infection. So, how do we end up with this most unattractive of fingernail diseases? And, is there any way to get rid of it?
It’s important to know that unlike most fingernail fungus, an infection can be contagious. No matter what the source of your nasties, your friends and family don’t want it, so steer clear of any “hands on activity” while you have an active nail bed infection. It’s most likely that prior to developing your infected fingernail, you had a really big “ouch!” moment. This means that it’s possible that you jammed your finger, or some other incident that caused an object to become lodged under the fingernail, separating the skin from the nail. This creates a hole, and that hole can quickly fill with bacteria, causing a nail bed infection. If your fingernail is infected, your first likely symptom will be mild pain and tenderness, and perhaps some redness and swelling. This can, in time, turn to an abscess, and yellow or greenish hues will be visible on the nail.
Just because you have tubes of random nail medicine at home doesn’t mean that it will work on an infection. For instance, natural nail fungus treatment can be highly effective for nails affected by fungus but totally worthless if the infection was triggered by bacteria. Don’t confuse your symptoms. An infection and fungus can be two different things and need treated differently. Depending on the severity of your nail bed infection, warm water soaks a couple of times per day with gentle and attentive removal of skin from the affected area is a good starting point. If you find that home care including warm water soaks and over the counter ointments is ineffective, your doctor or health care provider will likely be able to give you a cream or ointment that is more suitable to your situation or type of infection. If the infection spreads beyond the treatable area and affects the nail plate itself, surgical removal of the nail plate can be recommended.
It’s best to tackle an infection at the first sign of symptoms. This will help reduce the chances of spreading it to others, and can dramatically reduce the rate of recovery and also lower the amount of associated discomfort.