PROXIMAL NAIL FOLD:
Swelling of the proximal nail fold can have many causes.
When the swelling is 'red' it can be caused by for example nail biting, nail picking or an ingrown nail.
However, the swelling might be caused by another nail problem - like for example: paronychia.
Loss of cuticle can be a side-effect [Source: Patient UK].
Medical vocabulary: edema.
TREATMENT: 1) warm water soaks, 2) drainage of abscess
Synonyms: paronychia, nail fold edema/oedema (swollen)
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THE NAIL UNIT
The eight basic components of the nail unit include: 1 - proximal nail fold;
2 - cuticle; 3 - lunula; 4 - nail plate;
5 - lateral nail folds; 6 - nail bed;
7 - hyponychium; 8 - free edge.
* NOTICE: The HandResearch Nail Tutor Tool
is still in development
- currently this tool discriminates 57 fingernail disorders in the nails.
The NAIL TUTOR tool is an aspect of Medical Hand Analysis
& Multi-Perspective Hand Reading
. The purpose of this tool is to help you identify the nature of your fingernail disorder. The section fingernail disorders
presents a more comprehensive overview of the most common fingernail abnormalities.
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