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My thumb was sore around the cuticle this morning. Now it is

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My thumb was sore around the cuticle this morning. Now it is swollen and very sore. It feels warm and is a bit discolored. The pain is tolerable, yet very uncomfortable. Will this heal on its own given time?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 8 years ago.
Hello,

Which part of the thumb? Is it the margin of the nail?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
It seemed to start at the right side of the cuticle on the thumb on my right hand. The area on the right side of the cuticle is raised up and puffy. But now the swollen area extends around to the bottom of the thumb. There is a very tight-feeling, very firm risen area in the middle of my thumb (on the soft side opposite the nail) about as big around as a marble. The area of the nail, the tip of the thumb, and the left cuticle seem unaffected thus far.
Expert:  DrMike replied 8 years ago.

HiCustomer

You have a paronychia. This is an infection that develops along the nail margin. Often in in people that bite their nails. Some will drain on their own with soaks in warm water. Most need to be gently drained. An easy procedure. But dont put off getting it taken care of because it can get worse.

It is possible, but less likely, you have an infection of the pulp or soft pad of the finger. This is called a felon. And the procedure to drain this is more difficult and uncomfortable and also require antibiotics.

Hope this helps.

-Dr. Mike

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Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for the information,

From your history it appears to be due to paronychia.

It is likely that you will need some antibiotic treatment for it.

You should show it to doctor to find the extent of involvement.

I hope this information will help.

Please ask if you need any clarifications,

Thank you.

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