Patereccio, prevention and treatment

Patereccio: what are the causes, how to treat and prevent this bacterial infection. Useful recommendations for reducing infection with natural remedies.

The patereccio (better known as the finger) is a bacterial infection that affects the skin around the nails; it generally involves the thumb, and in more rare cases also the big toe of the foot. It affects those who cut their nails badly, those who suffer from ingrown toenails or have the habit of eating nails and cuticles. All conditions that favor the proliferation of bacteria.

When the infection affects the big toe of the foot, the cause may be attributable to micro wounds; perhaps an inaccurate pedicure or a foot environment that is too humid, for example poorly breathable shoes

The finger affected by patereccio is red and swollen near the nail. Generally, it heals within 4-5 days but if not treated properly it can cause the formation of pus, extending inflammation to other layers of the skin as well. In addition, acute infection can detach the nail causing intense pain.

Patereccio, remedies

It is good to pay due attention to the patereccio, we are talking about a bacterial infection that can undermine the health of the fingers; it could in fact penetrate deeply and reach the lymph nodes, in addition to causing bone problems.

At the first symptoms do not hesitate to consult your doctor in order to be able to intervene promptly. In the meantime, we want to share with you some natural remedies that can reduce the infection. These are ingredients with high antibacterial and antifungal properties. Take note!

Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E oil is among the remedies particularly suitable for the treatment of patereccio and ingrown nails. Thanks to its antibacterial action, vitamin E accelerates skin healing

For application, simply extract the vitamin E oil from the capsule and rub it on the area to be treated until completely absorbed.
Leave to act without rinsing and repeat the treatment morning and evening for at least a week.

Water and salt

Water and salt is the most popular remedy to reduce swelling and to disinfect the infected area. It is sufficient to immerse the affected area in slightly warm water and salt for about a quarter of an hour morning and evening.

Castor oil

Thanks to its nourishing properties, castor oil is often used to strengthen nails. It can also be used to nourish the skin near the nail. It also helps reduce inflammation and prevent the onset of infections.

Just rub a little castor oil on the infected area and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse to remove residues. Repeat the treatment morning and evening for at least a week.


Everyone knows the innumerable properties of honey, a very common ingredient in organic cosmetics. We are talking about an ingredient rich in antioxidants and substances that help keep nails hydrated and strong. It repairs weak cuticles and creates a protective barrier against backstairs and infections.

Just rub some honey on the area to be treated and leave for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and repeat the treatment every day for at least a week

Infusion of thyme

Thyme is an excellent antiseptic, very suitable for avoiding the spread of infection. It can be used in the form of an infusion in which to dip your finger for about 10 minutes. Its regular use helps to strengthen the cuticles and keep the area hydrated, preventing the nails from ingrown. Repeat the treatment every day.

Almond flour

Thanks to the fatty acids and proteins found in almond flour, this ingredient can be used to hydrate and repair skin damaged by the patereccio.

Used as an exfoliant, it helps reduce the presence of dead cells and inflammation. Just moisten a little almond flour with water and rub it on the nails and fingers, practicing light circular massages. Leave on for about 20 minutes then rinse. Repeat the treatment about 3 times a week.


Against the patereccio we can make a carrot-based mask. Thanks to the nutritional properties of the carrot, we can strengthen the cuticles and eliminate dead skin. In addition, it contains high levels of beta-carotene and essential minerals, substances useful for accelerating skin healing and regeneration.

Here's how to proceed:

  1. boil a carrot for a few minutes
  2. mash the vegetable with a fork until the mixture is soft
  3. apply the mask on the fingers and leave for half an hour
  4. Rinse and repeat the treatment 3 times a week.

Patereccio, useful advice

In order to prevent the appearance of this infection we provide you with some useful tips:

  • Avoid biting the cuticles and the nail
  • Don't cut your nails too short
  • Always wear gloves when doing housework.

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