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Onlinedoc, General Physician
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Over the past week tiny clear bumps have formed only around

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Over the past week tiny clear bumps have formed only around my fingernails, they have become red and swollen and extremely itchy! what could it be?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 8 years ago.
As you describe there may be possibility of Dyshidrotic eczema( pompholyx)resulting in small fluid-filled blisters.
Itching is very common.
It may be a contact or primary irritant dermatitis, and it may be aggrevated by stress.

Topical steroids usually help.
You can use OTC hydrocortisone cream, applied sparingly 2 or 3 times a day.
You may get extra benefit by applying the hydrocortisone cream just before bedtime and wrapping the affected areas in plastic wrap. This occlusion drives the steroid cream into the tissues.
Sometimes a stronger (prescription) topical steroid is needed.

I suggest you to consult a dermatologist for further evaluation and management.

I hope this helps.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I found a similar answer thru google a few days ago and have used both anti fungal cream and hydrocortisone cream neither haved seemed to help! the infected area is tender and sore is there any other method i could try rather than consulting a dermatologist?
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 8 years ago.
As such since you describe associated pain and tenderness around the area it can either be bacterial infection or fungal infection .

It is recommended to soak the finger in hot water 2-3 time daily .
In some cases oral anti fungal medicine like fluconazole has to be prescribed by the doctor as well .
If bacterial infection is suspected antibiotic may be required .

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