Acute paronychia is an infection of the folds of tissue surrounding the nail of a finger or, less commonly, a toe, lasting less than six weeks.:1113 The infection generally starts in the paronychium at the side of the nail, with local redness, swelling, and pain.:660 Acute paronychia is usually caused by direct or indirect trauma to the cuticle or nail fold, and may be from relatively minor events, such as dishwashing, an injury from a splinter or thorn, nail biting, biting or picking at a hangnail, finger sucking, an ingrown nail, or manicure procedures.:339
See also 
- Rockwell, Pamela G. (2001). "Acute and Chronic Paronychia". American Family Physician 63 (6): 1113–1117. PMID 11277548. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
- Freedberg, Irwin M., ed. (2003). Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. ISBN 0071380760.
- Rigopoulos, Dimitris; Larios, George; Gregoriou, Stamatis; Alevizos, Alevizos (2008). "Acute and Chronic Paronychia". American Family Physician 77 (3): 339–346. PMID 18297959. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
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