Chemical sealing of proximal nail fold with cyanoacrylate glue for accelerated regeneration of nail cuticle as a treatment of chronic paronychia
How to cite this article: Mukhtar M, Gupta S. Chemical sealing of proximal nail fold with cyanoacrylate glue for accelerated regeneration of nail cuticle as a treatment of chronic paronychia. CosmoDerma 2023;3:122.
Chronic paronychia is commonly seen in housemakers, maids, and persons engaged in the food industry and involves the loss of cuticles, leading to the formation of a gap between the proximal nail fold (PNF) and nail plate which become a niche for recurrent infections [Figure 1]. The mainstay of treatment is to instruct the patient to refrain from wetting the hands to allow regeneration of the cuticles so that the gap between the PNF and nail plate is obliterated. Unfortunately, it is difficult to refrain from wetting hands during daily chores and this gap persists leading to recurrent infections.
We tried to overcome this problem using cyanoacrylate glue (after getting a good effect in the cases of hang nails) to fill this gap between the PNF and the nail plate, thus allowing healing to take place. Depending on the condition, active infection was first controlled with antimicrobials if needed, and the glue was applied under aseptic conditions on the margin of the crevices between the PNF and the nail plate. In addition to its sealant nature, glue is antiseptic and hygroscopic in nature, so it absorbs the remaining moisture from damaged tissue, thus leading to faster healing. The glue remains in place despite the routine wetting of hands. The dried-up glue usually gets dislodged in 2–3 days and can be reapplied by the patient himself at home [Video ppt 1]. This leads to the rapid regeneration of healthy cuticles. We have observed that the gap heals and fills up within 6–8 weeks and provides relief from the condition [Figure 2]. This technique is simple, economical, readily available, and amenable to easy compliance by the patient and may be an optimal remedy for chronic paronychia in addition to the conventional treatment.
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