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WHAT CAUSES NAILS TO LIFT AND WHAT IS THE TREATMENT

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WHAT CAUSES NAILS TO LIFT AND WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr Wu replied 6 years ago.
Hi,

Thank you for your question.

Your condition is known as onycholysis- separation of the nail from the nail bed. Some common causes include skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. Medications that contain vitamin A and antibiotics like tetracycline can also cause onycholysis. Patients with thyroid disorder may have this condition as well.

Now aggressive manicures can cause onycholysis so it is wise of you to stop getting manicures. Your concern regarding infection is a valid one as well- as the nail plate separates from the nail bed, yeast and fungus can accumulate under the nail and cause it to be infected.

If you have any of the risk factors I mentioned(thyroid disease, eczema), those conditions need to be treated. Otherwise you can follow the following guidelines:

  • Thoroughly clip away as much of the detached nail as possible, repeating this at weekly intervals.
  • Gently brush the nail and surrounding tissue with plain soap and water once daily, rinsing carefully, and then drying the area with a hair dryer.
  • Protect the nails by wearing plastic gloves worn over light cotton gloves to avoid frequent contact with water. Use any mild cleanser as an alternative to water and soap.
  • I do not recommend dipping your fingers in hydrogen peroxide(as this can dry out the skin and cause more problems). The best way to prevent infection is to clean the nail and surrounding skin with a brush daily.
Doing the above should keep the condition under control.



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