Illustration of Cantengan?
Illustration: Cantengan?

, I have a sore (not neat nail cut). I have consulted a health worker, it turns out that the disease is severe and infection. I’ve been cleaned and have been given antibiotics and painkillers. NHowever, my nail that was pierced in the corner of my thumb had not been cut so that when it hit or tripped it became another wound. The health worker said waiting for the new infection to heal … according to the doctor, should I wait get well?

1 Answer:

Hi Siti,

Thank you for asking

Cantengan, or in the medical realm known as paronichia, is a condition where there is a part of the nail that grows into the skin causing inflammation. Not only that, but the tip of the nail that gets into the skin can also be a gap for the entry of harmful microorganisms that can cause infection. Therefore, sufferers of cantengan often feel not only pain, but also swollen, reddish skin that contains pus in it.

The definitive management of the cantengan is performed with a surgical procedure. This attempt is made to free the nail that has been pierced into the skin as well as to clean the debris that has accumulated due to the infection. There is no specific advice that this operation can only be done after the infection has cleared up. In fact, with a faster operation, the infection in your finger can be treated more quickly so that it doesn't spread to other parts of the body. After surgery, the doctor will generally give you several types of drugs, such as antibiotics, pain medications, and so on to help optimize healing.

In some conditions, the operation of cutting or removing the nails on the affected finger can also be postponed, for example if the patient experiences excessive fear, the patient's vital signs are unstable, or some other reason. We suggest that you consult directly regarding your condition to a doctor or surgeon so that you can get the right treatment.

In the meantime, always keep your fingers clean, namely by diligently washing your hands and feet and then drying them well (so that they are not damp), using clean and dry footwear, avoiding wearing too narrow footwear, and also cleaning wounds on the ground. the finger that is hooked periodically using clean gauze moistened with intravenous fluids or an antiseptic solution (povidone iodine). If then there is extreme pain, you can first take paracetamol to relieve it.

Hope this helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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