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Family Health : Treating an Infected Nail

August 18, 2019

You’ve got a sore finger. It’s probably sore
right around the nail bed. The fancy name for that is a paronychia. My name is Beverly
Bitterman, ARNP, and I’m here to give you a couple of strategies for how to deal with
that. Sometimes you get them because you might have a hang nail and maybe you’ve pulled the
hang nail out and then you developed an infection, and sometimes who knows why you get them.
But, you’ve got a soreness, either on the side or on the base of your nail. The good
thing about this, is they’re pretty easy to treat. And, what you want to do is apply moist
heat, and because it’s on a finger, it’s really easy to do that. All you have to do is get
some hot water, run some hot water into a cup, and then let’s pretend it’s my index
finger that’s the one that’s hurting, and I’m going to just stick it into the hot water.
And, I can even just kind of carry that around with me, I can talk on the phone, I can watch
T.V, I can do a variety of things, while my finger is being healed by the hot water in
the cup. I suspect that the, keeping it in water frequently also helps clean it, etc.
But, generally, you’ll find that if you’ll do that for two or three days, you can get
rid of your infected finger or your paronychia. You can also see your physician and you can
get an antibiotic, however, it will still take a little while for that to clear. And,
I recommend that you give the hot water a chance to work, and see if that won’t help
you. If you have any fever, or any other symptoms beyond nail redness, of course, you’ll also
want to see your physician. My name My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP, and I hope that
your finger feels great soon.


  • Reply Dookie February 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Thank you so much,it was better then using needle and poking it into my flesh -_-

  • Reply Anthony C October 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I'm hoping this is going to work, I have one on my middle finger right now and it hurts SO bad

  • Reply Christian Jensen June 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm


  • Reply Chris Delva July 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Well i got this from slamming my finger in my car door about 5 months ago and this black bubble didnt form till the next day i thought it was just from my finger being slammed in the door so i didnt pay any mind untill four months later i just decided to squeeze it and see what happens the puss came out but i didnt seem like i got all of it so i dont know if this will work for me maybe i waited to long?

  • Reply Duel Blade October 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    how bout my toe 🙂 it hurts

  • Reply germnkim Gutierrez October 25, 2013 at 5:33 am

    it doesn't work

  • Reply Garrett Grainger February 25, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Mine is worse their skin flap on one side that hasn't gone away for a month and it hurts

  • Reply blue...O_O August 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    This crap doesn't work I have a minor infection and it doesn't help at all ~_~

  • Reply Crisperdad June 26, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I get those all the time and I find that a little bit of salt in the hot water helps a lot!

  • Reply Lowcaged July 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I got my by biting my finger nail

  • Reply naftairix April 23, 2016 at 5:51 am

    um my finger has a white spot beside the nail and its cut what do i do??

  • Reply Taraneka Bolton September 17, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    when does this shit ends ….I will never bite t the side of my nail off again how long does this pan last

  • Reply chevap86 October 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    hey ,if anyone else trying to find out at home remedies for nail fungus try Tarbetti Fungus Removal Tutor ( search on google ) ? Ive heard some super things about it and my brother in law got cool success with it.

  • Reply Minecraftgamer 1427 October 27, 2016 at 2:41 am

    I hope it works. I was about to cut a little part of my finger to see if that works😥

  • Reply Freeman Maxxy November 11, 2016 at 4:45 pm

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  • Reply Ntina Spanou January 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    The area around my nails is always swollen due to nail bitting and cutting my cuticles since I was a child.Please is there something I can do to improve my fingers???

  • Reply Shauna Dewoody February 26, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Nail fungus requires time to mend despite the presence of a treatment. It’s been several weeks since my partner applied this fungal remedy “jumkazin blogspot” (Google it) twice a day for his nail. But it does work. It treated both of his pinkie toes in a few weeks, and the big toes are all treated except for the last stubborn remnants at the edge of the nail.

  • Reply Anime Lover April 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Is using the needle draining technique ok as well?

  • Reply NickAllah May 19, 2017 at 12:06 am

    what? hot water? thats it? how exactly does that work?

  • Reply LAKSHMI.S VARANAT June 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    What are the possible symptoms of paronychia?

  • Reply Shauna Dewoody June 29, 2017 at 3:45 am

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  • Reply irish dave August 2, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    This did work ,not so much the swilling but the throbbing and most of the pain !! PS I've only done it once so far , 20 minutes hot as I could stand it …

  • Reply irish dave August 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks!!!! I'm not one who like doctor or pharmaceutical medication,

  • Reply Delaney Smith August 3, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I can feel my finger go numb

  • Reply Natasa Veljkovska October 23, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    here's a few suggestions for treating nail fungus naturally
    Soak your nails in warm water and vinegar
    Apply natural oils such as red rosemary, clove oil and epsom salts which have antibiotic and antifungal effects
    Further ideas you can try are pepper, coconut oil.
    (I read these and why they work from Sebs Stopper Secret site )

  • Reply Heidi BTS November 18, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you 😊 I hope so..

  • Reply Real AdolfHitler December 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Mine is killing. Its on my thumb. Has swelled up by twice the size

  • Reply Skylar Ecton February 3, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    I have a infection I am only 11 and it dose work🙂

  • Reply Judah Kami February 7, 2018 at 2:43 am

    Bruh it goes numb straight away for me

  • Reply IzRen April 9, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Mine is i remove it by nailcutter… And it happen to me TWICE. Mine is by me stupidity removing with my hand. And today is by nailcutter

  • Reply Don Lessnau May 6, 2018 at 2:22 am

    Thanks a lot. Really well and and very helpful info. Thanks very much. Well done.

  • Reply EX7R3M3 May 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you Beverley, you are a nice person for helping us, I feel like my finger is going to fall off, haha, but i will take ur advise and ill let you know how i get on.

  • Reply Barry Mellor May 30, 2018 at 3:06 am

    very useful thank you

  • Reply Jackson Drabble June 15, 2018 at 9:06 am

    My toe nail is infected because I went outside without socks and shoes, Edit: I’m going to doctors now

  • Reply BabyGee Gamez July 4, 2018 at 2:42 am

    My middle finger is throbbing like a damn heart beat if that makes sense

  • Reply Queen T July 24, 2018 at 6:35 am

    bruh imma cut my finger off. this stuff hurt

  • Reply Chaddons Chaddons July 24, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I broke my wrist and it flipped backwards so that now the palm of my hand is facing upward instead of down. I tried warm water but my hand is still facing the wrong way. I may need to get a penicilin or something.

  • Reply Anthony August 25, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    i used a knife to cut in out and it worked

  • Reply Tree House August 31, 2018 at 12:25 am

    I literally did nothing and it started swelling

  • Reply Cristal S September 12, 2018 at 3:42 am

    I had no idea this existed so I thought maybe it was the hangnail and I ended up pulling it as far as I could go 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ why me!?

  • Reply Galax & Galaxo October 28, 2018 at 10:49 am

    please tell me did you do a antibiotic one and if you didnt please do it

  • Reply Robert Mc Guire November 23, 2018 at 5:41 am

    I had a poisoned finger for almost a year. Three courses of antibiotics. Kept coming back. This tip actually works. Thanks for sharing this  Beverly!

  • Reply KuddlyKisses December 6, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    I use warm water and apple cider vinegar. I soak it for 15 minutes once or twice a day. Works great! I've actually seen it pull the infection out…pretty gross, but mesmerizing at the same time xD

  • Reply Sharon Bard February 7, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Apparently I cut my nail at the corner of my finder to far down the nail. My finger is red, swollen and painful. I have done this before, long time ago. I cannot remember what I did for it at that time ( I know I did not seek medical attention) this time I chose to soak mine in straight vinegar with the mother root. I don't know that it has to be with the mother root, just what I happen to have at home. I am soaking for about half hour, then squeeze the infection out. Hurts like hell when I squeeze it, but infection does come out I continue to squeeze each time until the only thing coming out is a like a pinkish red liquid is all that comes out. I assume when that comes out all the infection that is going to come out at that time is out. I soaked it again for about half hour, squeezed again until infection stopped and the pinkish liquid began to come out instead of infection. I plan to soak at least once more (maybe more) today. After the two soaks, some of the redness due to the infection has also lightened, no swelling has gone down as of yet. I tried to find information about soaking in vinegar with no luck, don't want to soak it too long or often if not recommended. No information found, so I am going to continue to until healed. I will do a follow up in the next day or so wether as it is healed or not. Will also Post any adverse reaction to the soak, if I have any. For reference the date is 2/07/2019

  • Reply Amanda Martinez July 13, 2019 at 3:45 am

    I like the pain

  • Reply Amanda Martinez July 14, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    I hurts

  • Reply Rebecca Zavala July 15, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Currently have this on my left big toe. After antibiotics.. ugh . What's helping so far is Hot water and espom salt followed by Tea tree oil. Working amazing

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