This is an inflammation of the matrix of the nail, which results in ulceration of the soft tissues about the nail. It sometimes results from injury. It is more often due to an unhealthy state of the system. The nail gradually becomes loosened, its edges and root roughened and raised up. In the malignant form of the disease, the end of the finger becomes greatly enlarged and bulbous, the nail becomes loosened, and when long-continued, the bone may be enlarged.

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The affected part should be thoroughly cleansed and then touched daily with a strong solution of alum or of sulphate of zinc. In severe and obstinate cases, a little powdered alum may be applied to the inflamed tissues with advantage. In very bad cases, the removal of the nail becomes necessary. Special attention should be given to the improvement of the general health by hygienic measures,