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Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: mommy | 2008/05/24

Q.

Finegr Abscess

Hi

My 20 month old's one finger usually gets swollen around the nail. It usually ends up being filled with ous and is very painful. What is causing this and what can I use to avoid and treat it.

Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This can be a big problem and it is typical to get recurrences as you have seen. It is important to cut her nails straight across and not round as the edge of the nail cuts into the skin and infection starts there. The infection must be properly treated and then dress the area with Bactroban ointment daily until the infection clears. It may be necesary to give an antibiotic by mouth for a few days to clear the infection.

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