Paronychia | Complications

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What are the complications of paronychia?

Rarely, paronychia can cause permanent damage to your nail. If you have diabetes, there’s a risk that paronychia could spread to deeper tissues and bones, or into the bloodstream and other parts of the body. In extreme cases of deep infection, paronychia can result in the loss of fingers, toes or limbs.

Be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Treatment doesn’t help your symptoms.
  • You have a fever or chills.
  • Red streaks appear on your skin, running from the infected area toward your body (for example, up your foot from your toes or up your hand or wrist from you fingers).
  • You have joint or muscle pain.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/11
Created: 08/09

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