Warning: this post is about to get medical and possibly gross.
A couple of weeks ago, the skin around my fingernail swelled up and started exuding pus. I squeezed the pus out with a sense of satisfaction, as one does, and went about my life.
Only, the swelling came back today, and I squeezed out even more pus, with an even greater sense of satisfaction, and then I started wondering if recurring pus in your cuticle is a problem.
So I googled, of course. Apparently when this type of cuticle swelling is bacterial, which it usually is, it tends to be strep or staph and you need a special kind of antibacterial ointment because Neosporin doesn't tend to work.
Warm water soaks it is!