Paronychia is a viral infection that infects the finer nails and toe nail. An insect bite, water retention in the nails and dirt collected in the nails are some of the common factors that lead to the nail infection. When the nail bed gets infected it begins to swell and pus forms under the nail. This is extremely painful and the infection can cause a numbing sensation in the finger. Biting your finger nails or the skin around the nail is one of the most common reasons for this infection.
It is important to treat this infection immediately as it can be dangerous if not cared for. The pus needs to be drained out of the area. Heat a needle over a flame and prick the pus pocket so that the pus oozes out. Drain out all the pus with the help of a dry tissue. Press the area till all the pus is removed and blood begins to show on the surface; this is an indication that you have been able to remove all the pus.
If the infection has not yet formed any pus then you can treat it with ease. Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to warm water and soak your finger tips in the solution for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. You could also use hydrogen peroxide on the area in order to get rid of the bacteria that cause the infection.
The infection takes approximately 2 weeks to clear up; during this time you must keep the fingers dry at all times and use peroxide on the infected area daily in order to control the infection and prevent it from spreading. You could massage the area with oregano oil; this will help to get rid of any excess pus that may be trapped between the nail and the skin.
If you notice any swelling or the finger or toe begins to loose sensation then you must visit a doctor immediately as the infection may infect other nails. The doctor will prescribe an anti biotic and if the condition is serious the infected area may have to be lanced in order to get rid of the pus and bacteria.