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Do you have any swelling or tenderness along the edge of the nail?
Any history of diabetes?
Thanks for replying.
Couple of possibilities.
One more common possibility is an infection known as paronychia but paronychia usually causes swelling and pain around the corners of nail.
Other less common possibility is that of subungual glomus tumor which is a small tumor in the nail bed.It can be exquisitely tender and can cause throbbing type of pain.
It would be advisable to have this seen by a doctor right away as an infection would need treatment with antibiotics.If infection is not treated in time , it can develop into an abscess which may require drainage.
You may take an analgesic like advil for pain relief and try to keep your hand elevated as this will decrease pain.
This is my initial answer.Reply for any clarifications.
Yes that is characteristic of hand disorders including injuries and infections.That is why I advised you to elevate the hand.
Greater likelihood considering that pain is of acute onset, gets better with elevation and is anyway much more common compared to other possibility.
Definitive diagnosis requires examination in person by a doctor.