Panaris: this first aid worker’s natural tip to get rid of it in 20 minutes

Panaris this first aid workers natural tip to get rid

This remedy promotes healing of whitlow when it begins.

Panaris is an infection caused by staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus (bacteria). It often forms around the edge of the nail or on the pulp of the finger or toe, secondary to a wound (nail cut too short, tearing of skin, pushed back cuticles, etc.). The finger becomes red, swollen, painful and a small ball of pus may appear. This infection is often benign but must be treated correctly to avoid any complications.

To treat a light whitlow

When the whitlow is at the beginning stage (the first 2 days maximum) and without abscessit is possible to promote healing naturally with Tea Tree essential oil which has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (ask a health professional about contraindications).

Caring for a whitlow naturally © LVPrvention

Other natural remedies may also help. Lionel Ventura, first aid trainer shares his trick to treat a finger whitlow at the beginner stage (and only at this stage) in less than 20 minutes. “I emphasize the “light” whitlow, because it is a very contagious infection, associated with a very high risk of secondary infection“, specifies the rescuer. You have to collect a few “hairs” from an ear of corn, the put in a glass container and burn them using a lighter. Leave to cool and put the black powder obtained on the paronychia (wash your hands well before) and leave to sit. Then take a tissuebecause the whitlow will “spit” pus very quickly“, which will instantly relieve the pain, he explains on his Tik Tok account to 2.4 million subscribers.

Then clean the wound and protect the area with a bandage. Corn hair (also called “corn husk” or “corn silk”) has recognized medicinal properties. Several studies showed their antiseptic, healing and analgesic effects, which help regulate the inflammatory response and inhibit pain. They are best known as herbal teas to relieve urinary infections, significantly reducing the inflammation of irritated mucous membranes and the frequent need to urinate. Corn silk should, however, be avoided if you are allergic to corn or if you are taking certain medications (in this case, seek medical advice).

When to consult a doctor ?

Very painful, a whitlow can quickly become infected and cause complications if it is not treated in time or if the treatment is not appropriate. You should not pierce it yourself as you risk making the infection worse. It is right to consult a doctor quickly if :

→ The whitlow has not regressed after 48 hoursdespite local antiseptic treatment

→ If an abscess has formed

→ If you have a fever

→ If the pain prevents you from sleeping

→ If you are diabetic

→ If you are taking corticosteroid or immunosuppressive treatment

→ If your tetanus vaccination is not up to date.