Test Yourself: Barrier Breach—How To Prevent Paronychia

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In each issue, you will find a multiple-choice test that will allow you to demonstrate what you have learned from our Nail Clinic column. Discover answers to this month’s test on Page 40. Then check if you got them correct at the bottom of this quiz!

1. Paronychia could be due to this type of infection:

A. Viral

B. Fungal

C. Bacterial

D. All the above

2. True or false: Chronic paronychia lasts for six weeks or longer.

A. True

B. False

3. Which of the following might indicate paronychia in a client?

A. A thin black line around the nail bed

B. Extremely thick, hard, yellow nails

C. Red, inflamed, swollen skin around the nails

D. None of the above

4. Paronychia is an extremely rare condition.

A. True

B. False

5. Which of the following does not raise the risk of paronychia?

A. Jobs involving high altitudes and long hours

B. Jobs involving water, such as bartending

C. Diabetes

D. HIV infection

6. Most of the time, paronychia starts showing on fingers or toes six months to one year after initial infection.

A. True

B. False

7. Which aspects of a nail service do not raise the risk of paronychia?

A. Applying decals on top of polish

B. Improper filing on the side of a nail

C. Using cuticle remover on a client

D. Pushing the cuticle back too far

8. Soaking infected fingers several times a day in warm water and Epsom salts is first-line treatment for paronychia.

A. True

B. False

9. Which of the following is a common treatment for paronychia?

A. A blood transfusion

B. Meditation and yoga

C. Topical or oral antibiotics

D. All the above

10. As a nail tech, it is your duty to clean obviously infected nails to protect others once the clients leave your salon.

A. True

B. False

Answers to April 2022 test: 1) D 2) A 3) C 4) B 5) A 6) B 7) A 8) A 9) C 10) B

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