Everything You Need To Know About Weeping Nails, Onychia, and Paronychia

Toenail infections can land you in many uncomfortable situations. The most common symptoms include thickening of the nail, followed by unpleasant odour and discharge. The discharge will make the nails appear as “Weeping”. The most common health issue that cause the Weeping symptoms are Onychia and Paronychia. Keep reading to know more.

Difference Between Onychia & Paronychia

The most common infections affecting the nail are Onychia and Paronychia. Onychia is the infection of the nail whereas Paronychia is the infection of the skin area surrounding the nail.


The most common cause of the infection comes from the damage caused to nail or skin. The bad thing is that it can be as least as a small cut, bad stubbing or ingrown nail. In this case, the precaution can be very difficult so it is recommended to take well care of your feet.

Bad hygiene of the feet can also lead to such infections. It is recommended to never reuse old moist socks, bedding, or shoes. On the other hand, if you are suffering from diabetes then you have a higher chances of catching up with foot infant and Nail infections as there is less flow of blood. So be extra careful!


Nail infections like Onychia and Paronychia are easier to treat the more earlier they are diagnosed. So be on the lookout for any kind of symptoms like Inflammation, Abscesses causing in the nail and near the nail bed, pain from feet and nails.

Treatment Options

If you witness any of the above symptoms and doubt that you are suffering from Paronychia then we recommend you to immediately consult a good doctor. He can measure the severity of the nail infection. If the nail infection is just in the early stage as abscesses has not yet occurred then you can try the vinegar solution or some sort of Anti-Fungal powder or cream.

If the infection has got worsened, then you will have to undergo treatment of different types of antibacterial medications. If there are very less chances of getting treated using medications then the doctor may recommend you to go for surgery.


Make sure that you always keep your feets hydrated and avoid going to places that require you to be more barefoot. If you witness any of the similar symptoms then consult a doctor as soon as possible.

The information on this website has been assessed by Dr. Soumya Podduturi.

Dr. Soumya Podduturi is an Aesthetic Dermatologist, Dermatologist, Dermatosurgeon, Trichologist, Pediatric Dermatologist, Cosmetologist with 8 Years Experience

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