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paronychia


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(whitlow) n. an inflamed swelling of the nail folds. Acute paronychia is usually caused by infection with Staphylococcus aureus. Chronic paronychia occurs mainly in those who habitually engage in wet work; it is associated with secondary infection with Candida albicans. It is vital to keep the hands dry in order to control chronic paronychia.

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