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    Default Paronychia, an infection of the fingernail

    No, I'd never heard of it either!

    I shared on the Antibiotics and me thread that a few weeks ago I had a finger infection that I [eventually!] learned was potentially serious. I took antibiotics — a very rare step for me — and the sepsis cleared up immediately.

    But something still remained, a weird slightly inflamed swelling below the cuticle of my fingernail. I had no idea what this was, and while the antibiotics quickly cleared the sepsis, this strange thing stayed right there.

    Here's a photo. (This is from the internet, not my hand, but it looks exactly the same.)



    So reading this page which I just found...
    ... I'm assuming this is some kind of resistant fungus. Not a problem, because I can treat that with tea tree oil, or maybe MMS. But I wonder if anyone else has encountered this, and if so, how they got rid of it.
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Paronychia, an infection of the fingernail

    Some suggestions may be to take oregano oil, apply colloidal silver gel topically, or to take pau d'arco in capsule form.

    We own a health food store, and while we have not had anyone enter the store with this condition, we have certainly seen and made suggestions for some similarly weird and tricky ailments.

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    Default Re: Paronychia, an infection of the fingernail

    I am not familiar with this specific fungal infection Bill, although I have seen this quite often in others - what I do have personal experience of is a persistent fungal invasion of my
    big toe nail! I picked this up in Tasmania when I lived there for a few years, we lived in a house which had lots of fungus/molds in the lower story, being a cold damp place in winter it is an ideal environment for fungus
    in general. Anyway, I could not get rid of this fungal infection of the nail, until I had the idea of using chlorine based 'Anti Fungus' remover, the same stuff you use on bathroom tiles (!) I sprayed my big toe with this each day for a week
    and it cleared up nicely. This leads me to think ordinary bleach and pool cleaner could work just as well, so your MMS is no doubt also excellent.
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    Default Re: Paronychia, an infection of the fingernail

    Hi Bill. I had an infection on my thumb, around the cuticle, that looked fairly similar to the image above. I was diagnosed with having a Staph infection (Staphylococcus). Could that same Dx also apply in your case? I'm also extremely resistant/hesitant to taking antibiotics. In fact, the last time that I would have taken an antibiotic would have been for that Staph infection, 8 years ago or there abouts. That said, in this case, perhaps the best course of action would be a second dose of antibiotics. I know, it's a horrible thought. Just double down on the probiotics and fermented foods afterwards and you'll bounce right back.

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    Default Re: Paronychia, an infection of the fingernail

    A tip for toenail fungus which really seems to work is to first lightly file down the surface (making sure the mouldy filings don't go everywhere), and then put a cotton ball drenched in colloidal silver on it, held in place with a one of the cut off fingers of a rubber glove overnight, every night for two or so weeks. I'm not sure I'd like to use a file near such sensitive looking skin, but it seems worth trying a similar method for your finger. And soak a couple of times during the daytime, in warm salty water (link). Here's hoping it soon clears up!!

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    Default Re: Paronychia, an infection of the fingernail

    I have had infections under my toenails before. It may be a bacterial infection rather than a fungal one. So if it gets worse, you may have to go back on antibiotics.

    What works for me is to soak my foot in hot water and Betadine (a kind of iodine). It works to soak your foot, because whatever you choose to put in the water can easily get under the nail that way.

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    Default Re: Paronychia, an infection of the fingernail

    Friends, many thanks indeed for all your replies and very useful suggestions.

    It's a fingernail thing — my toes are fine! — and I do think it's fungal. So I'm giving it a week of Tea Tree oil (applied neat with a dropper) and then I'll see if that seems to be working. (I also have food-grade Turpentine, and that might be my Plan B if needed.)

    Meanwhile, I received this thoughtful email from a guest, which I'll copy here for its informational value:

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    Hi Bill,

    I am not an Avalon member but I have been following your work for many years and I would like to provide some info for this post as I had a very similar infection for years that wouldn't health with any antibiotics until I used oregano oil topically. If not available in Ecuador you can extract the oil from either dry or fresh oregano. Oregano oil is one of the most powerful oils for bacterial infection. For faster healing try to keep your finger dry.

    FYI if the infection is caused by fungi MMS will make the infection worse, also oregano oil is not very effective for fungi. If oregano oil does not fix the problem, it may be fungi, in that case rosemary oil, orange or thyme oil are more effective.

    Cheers, [name given]

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    Default Re: Paronychia, an infection of the fingernail

    I would eat a lot of fresh garlic too ( 5-7 cloves) every day, until the infection disappears. Garlic is the number 1 natural antibiotic and anti-fungal.

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    Default Re: Paronychia, an infection of the fingernail

    I would consult local pharmacy and test either/both Clotrimazole and Fluticasone cream or ask what else they have to offer. Though the above is available in most South American pharmacies without prescription and can be useful in case of fungal infections, even sunburns.

    Clotrimasole is used among else in clinical treatments of severe body burns and post radiation burns.

    It’s gentle and cooling in effect.

    For any good results, it needs to be kept under wrap till it gets better.


    Avoid using many oils and ointments that induce more heat and pain.


    Also, topically, antibiotic powder ( such as Framycetin) can work miracles.


    Some natural powders such as turmeric can clean inflammation completely unless they induce again, the opposite: increase in inflammatory reaction.

    Check for any residue of any alien material in the finger such as splinter, insect sting, plant thorn ( all can be really tiny like tip of hair) or sand particle from the soil.

    There is also a type of “black ointment” they use to extract poison from wounds and bites.

    In local pharmacy they should know.



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