Fingernail Problems/Nail Bed Injuries
Minor infections involving the fingernail are common, and most can be treated in the office with antibiotics and soaks. Some more serious infections require removal of all or part of the fingernail, but permanent nail deformities from infection are uncommon. The most common injuries of the hand are crush or laceration injuries of the fingernail bed. Unfortunately, deformities of the fingernail are quite common after this type of injury, though proper initial care of the nail bed minimizes the deformity.