TEXTURE: Puffy nail folds If your nail folds are red, swollen, and tender, chances are you have an infection, According to Steele, puffy nail folds tend to occur with a condition called paronychia, but don't let the big name scare you. Paronychia is a skin infection that occurs around the nails and is fairly common. It can be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection from everyday trauma and inflammation -- think: nervously gnawing your cuticles, picking a hangnail, or simply over-washing your hands.
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