Fingertip infections surrounding the nail bed can be very painful and persistent. Initially they may be treated with oral antibiotics and warm soaks, but if an abscess develops it should be drained as a more definitive treatment. If the infection persists despite drainage and antibiotics it may be necessary to surgically remove the nail and cut the tissue just beneath the nail (eponychium) to allow complete resolution of the infection. Our hand specialists can address this issue in our office through clinical examination, imaging, and drainage when needed. If the issue becomes surgical it may be done as a same day procedure at a local hospital or surgery center.
Link and photo credit: American Society for Surgery of the Hand