Chronic Paronychia


  • Burhan Engin
  • Muazzez Çiğdem Oba
  • Zekayi Kutlubay
  • Server Serdaroğlu

J Turk Acad Dermatol 2018;12(1):0-0


Chronic paronychia is a common inflammatory disorder characterized by erythema, edema, and tenderness involving the nail folds for at least 6 weeks. The condition is related to repeated exposure to moist environments, irritants and allergens. Secondary colonization by fungal and bacterial pathogens is thought to exacerbate the persistent inflammation. Preventive measures are crucial to help healing and reduce recurrence rates. Medical management consists mainly of anti-inflammatory treatments. In recalcitrant cases not responding to medical treatments and preventive measures various surgical modalities may be used. In this article, we aimed to review the etiopathogenesis, clinical features and management of chronic paronychia.

Keywords: Chronic paronychia, clinical features, inflammation, management, nail folds