What is it?
Hands and the structures within are especially prone to infections (bacterial, viral or fungal).
- Atypical mycobacterial infections e.g. from contaminated water
- Infections in the skin or deeper may come from bacteria (e.g. MRSA) contaminated water, bite wounds, cellulitis, splinters, viruses (such as Herpes)
- Some infections can affect the nerves (e.g. Herpes)
- Necrotising fasciitis is a rare but severe infection where bacteria can destroy the skin, muscles and other tissue after entering the body through a cut
- Paronychia can cause an infection of the area around the fingernail
- Septic arthritis/osteomyelitis can occur when a wound in or near a joint can cause severe infection within the joint itself.
- Tendons can become infected (infectious tenosynovitis) when a small cut or puncture wound in the palm side of the finger cuts the sheath of the tendons
What to do?
Hand infections can cause severe problems that persist well after the infection has resolved.