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Antibiotic for Infected Hangnail

  • An antibiotic is a medication used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics are available as pills creams ointments or injections. The type of antibiotic you need will depend on the type of infection you have. 
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  • If you have an infection around finger nail, you may need to use an antibiotic cream or ointment to clear the infection.


How to Treat an Infected Hangnail

  • An infected hangnail can be painful and unsightly. If not treated properly it can also lead to more serious problems. 
  • Fortunately there are a few simple things you can do to treat an infected hangnail and get rid of the pain and swelling.


1. infected fingernail home remedy

  • A mild to moderate hangnail infection is treatable at home. For treatment, follow these steps:

        1. Once or twice a day, soak the infected area in warm water for 20 minutes.

        2. After the initial soak, remove the hangnail. This may help to prevent further infection. Make sure to use cuticle clippers to cut it straight.

        3. To avoid another hangnail, apply vitamin E oil or cream to the affected area.

        4. For a few days, apply a topical antibiotic cream to the infected hangnail.            5. Finally, vover the affected area with a bandage after applying the cream.


2. What happens if a hangnail infection is not treated?

  • Ignoring an infected hangnail can aggravate your condition. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of your body in rare cases. 
  • If you have abscess around or under your nail, or if the infection does not clear up within a week, see your doctor.


3. When should you see the doctor?

  • The doctor will look for signs of infection in your hangnail. They might be able to identify the hangnail simply by looking at it. In other cases, your doctor may want to collect a sample of pus from the infected area to send to a lab for further testing.
  • You should see your doctor if: 

        1. The affected area develops blisters and fills with pus.

        2. The skin and nail separate from one another.

        3. After a week of home treatment, the affected area does not improve.

        4. Infection symptoms other areas of the nail or finger.

        5. modification through nail color or shape

        6. Diabetes


What is the best antibiotic for an infected hangnail?


1. Antibiotic creams

  • Bacitracin or polymyxin B (Neosporin or Neosporin + Pain Relief) can help your hangnail wound heal faster. To kill bacteria and soothe the wound, dab the ointment onto the infected area. 
  • Apply the product 1-3 times per day, or as directed on the label, until the wound heals.


2. Oral antibiotic

  • If the infection appears to be spreading beyond the nail, your doctor may advise you to take an oral antibiotic. This type of medication can help clear the infection and promote healing.
  • Warm compresses and an oral antibiotic effective against staphylococci and streptococci, such as dicloxacillin or cephalexin 250 mg 4 times a day, clindamycin 300 mg 4 times a day, are prescribed. 
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  • Antibiotics that are effective against methicillin-resistant S. aureus should be chosen if this organism MRSA is suspected.
  • Swelling that fluctuates or that has visible pus should be drained. Skin incision is not required. To allow drainage, a thin gauze wick can be inserted for 24 to 48 hours.




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