Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Why Does One Get Pus Under The Fingernail?

The answer to this question is paronychia, which is infection of the nail. Any type of damage or injury occurring to the fingernail allows the bacteria to enter beneath the finger nail, which results in infection and pus under fingernail. Some of the causes where the fingernail can incur damage include: Biting the finger nails, washing dishes without wearing gloves or cleaning them using harsh chemicals; all these things lead to nail infection, which leads to pus under fingernail.

Why Does One Get Pus Under The Fingernail

What Are Other Associated Symptoms Of Pus Under Fingernail?

Along with pus under fingernail, other symptoms of a nail infection include pain, tenderness, swelling and redness of the surrounding nail region. Pain can also be felt upon touching the fingernail, which has pus underneath it. There also may be a greenish tinge to the fingernail, which has pus under it.
Medical attention should be sought for pus under the fingernail, as the pus needs to be drained out, which should always be done by a medical professional and never should be attempted on own. However, there are some home remedies, which can help in relieving a mild nail infection and pus under the fingernail.

Home Remedies For Pus Under Fingernail

These home remedies will help in preventing a nail infection and also curing a mild nail infection and the pus under the fingernail.

Washing Hands: Washing hands daily with an antibacterial soap helps in preventing as well as curing mild nail infections. This is a very simple and effective home remedy, which ensures that the nails are kept clean, as they make a good home for bacteria to breed and subsequently cause infection and pus under the fingernail.

Nail Care: It is important to care of your nails, as you care for the rest of your body to avoid any damage to the nails. Sucking and biting the fingernails should be avoided at all costs, as this particular habit damages the nail and causes infection and pus under the fingernail. One method of quitting this habit would be painting a bad smelling nail polish on the nails, so that you would not want to bring your nails anywhere near your mouth.

Wearing Gloves When Doing Any Work: It is important to wear rubber gloves when using chemicals or soap when cleaning anything or doing the dishes, as these can be very harsh on the nails and the surrounding skin. Wearing gloves is an effective home remedy as it also helps in preventing further damage to the fingernails. Using mild soaps and detergent also helps.

Soaking Fingernails in Antibacterial Solution: For minor nail infections, soaking the fingernails in a dish that has been filled with warm water and antibacterial solution for at least 15 minutes four times a day helps in relieving the pus under the fingernail naturally.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider vinegar is another great home remedy for treating infections. The action of vinegar is removing the dead skin around the nail, as infected nails can grow extra layers of skin. One part of apple cider vinegar (other types of vinegar can also be used) should be mixed with two parts of water and the fingers should be soaked in this solution for 15 minutes thrice a day till the infection and pus under fingernail subsides.

Aloe Vera Gel: This is one of the most effective home remedies for killing bacteria and fungus and relieving infection and pus under fingernail. Aloe Vera gel can be found easily and is also low on cost. Apply some Aloe Vera gel over the infected nail area multiple times in a day till the infection and pus subside. Aloe Vera is very effective in killing bacteria and fungus.

Coconut Oil & Tea Tree Oil: Soaking fingers in a mixture of tea tree oil and coconut oil is an extremely effective herbal remedy to relieve the infection and pus under the fingernails. It is risky and unsafe to use only tea tree oil; so one part tea tree oil should be mixed with one part of coconut oil and fingers should be soaked in this for 15 minutes twice a day till the infection subsides. The coconut oil also can be replaced with lavender oil.

Mustard Oil: Mustard oil is also very effective in fighting the infection and also helps in moisturizing the fingers and fingernails. The fingers should be soaked in the mustard oil for around 15 minutes daily. Lemon oil can also be added to mustard oil. The finger and fingernail can develop a yellowish tinge, which is nothing to worry about and it subsides on its own.

Lemon: Lemon is not only helpful in fighting infection, but is also an effective cleanser. Lemon also brightens the nails. Lemon juice should be applied on the affected nail like a nail polish and should also be applied to the surrounding skin. This should be done daily till the infection and pus subsides. This cleans the nail, gets rid of dead skin, and also fights the infection and pus under the fingernail. If there are any scratches or cuts around the nail, then application of lemon juice causes stinging.

Yogurt: Yogurt is another excellent home remedy to fight infection, as yogurt contains good bacteria, which is effective in fighting infection. Yogurt also helps in moisturizing the fingernail and the skin. The yogurt should be applied on the nail and the surrounding region and should be kept for an hour before washing it with plain water. Soap should not be used. This should be done daily till the infection and pus under the fingernail subsides.

Pramod Kerkar

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Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: April 17, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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