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Felon and other pulp space infections

Felon is a subcutaneous pulp space abscess overlying the terminal phalanx. It usually follows a minor penetrating injury and may progress into an abscess. This condition maybe misdiagnosed as acute paronychia, whitlow. These conditions need to be ruled out clearly based on the clinical history and the presentation of the conditions. Usually in case of felon the pain and swelling is located at the finger whereas in case of paronychia it is limited to the lateral edges. In case of herpetic whitlow multiple vesicles will be present on the lesion.

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