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Onycholysis

Onycholysis of the toenail

Onycholysis is the separation of the fingernail or toenail from the nail bed, but mercifully doesn’t involve a masked torturer with a pair of pliers demanding a confession from you! It is, in fact, a gradual and painless process, which is most commonly caused by trauma. However, additional causes for this separation of the nail from the bed can be: psoriasis, fungal infection, the side effects of medication, adverse effects to chemicals, such as nail polish remover, or medical conditions, such as thyroid dysfunction. This nail condition can affect people of any age, sex or race, but appears to be more common in adults and in women. Prevention is usually better than cure, and the chances of getting Onycholysis can be reduced by: keeping nails short; keeping the nails dry (wearing rubber gloves in water); and avoiding frequent exposure to chemical such as nail polish remover.

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Ever since i can remember( so going back to primary school) ive had this condition. Its not painful at all and when my nails grow they always grow unattached. Ive always kept my nails short and clean. So i dont know where I've gone wrong.





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Ive been diagnosed with this x im a beauty therapist and I went to the docs to c if it was fungal but it wasn't so she said as u r a beauty therapist u will know more than me. Great help. My problem was using acetone all the time without wearing gloves and changing my gel polish every week as I got bored. Now im letting them breath. Its the first time in my life ive not worn nail varnish and everyone knew me because of my nail art so it kills me not to wear it. Now I massage cuticle oil 3 times a day and moisturise cut my nails down short a few times now 3 months later I can c a vast improvment so hopefully doing all the above will help x





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I have been diapnosed with this condition but I am really not convinced. It started in two of my finger nails and spread to the rest of the finger nails and toe nails. Now ALL my nails are lifting and have pin lines under them. They harden and are brittle and/or crumbly. Two fungal tests have come back as negative and multiple fungal treatments have failed. I am completely at a loss as to what to do. This all started about 18 months ago after a period of extreme stress that also saw me suffer eye problems they put down to my immune system also reacting to the stress levels. I am at a loss as to what to do, my nails are so dreadful to look at and as I am a shop assistant, I sometimes wear nail varnish to conceal my condition. Something I never used to do as I had lovely nails before. What can I do?!





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Hi, I too have a similar condition caused by trauma of removal of false nails due to the lifting of two doing housework, the Asian salon soaked my nails in a strong solution and removed each layer until the false nails were all off. They were busy so left me sitting for ages with my fingertips submerged... After wards my nails went into trauma and it was so painful..6 yrs later I have a one pathetic thumb nail on left hand, right hand is slightly better one pathetic thumb nail and 2 thin strips on index and little finger. The nail less tips have hardened over with skin which is good as they are not so painful now. Affected big toe nails too, only have a small bit remaining but I have a fab lady who builds acrylic nail onto it so my toenails at least look good. I live in Perth WA so good to have nice feet at least.. The only blessing is that it's not life threatening and other people are worse off..

Is there any treatment at all for Onycholysis? I have it on all my fingernails and it's now spreading to my toenails which I think is just bizarre! I have no fungal infection at all. I live in the middle east so trying to find a dermatologist who knows anything is like a needle in a haystack. Apparently my condition was caused by manicures. I've been told I can wear nail polish to cover it up....I'm distraught that this might never be cleared up!! Any helpful info greatly appreciated.





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i RUINED MY NAILS ACCIDENTALLY USING TOO MUCH NAIL HARDNER CONTAINING FORMALDHYDE. my nails separated and took almost 5 years to recover completely. I couldnt do anything about it because it was my own fault. it devastated me because i previously had great nails and i didnt really need it i didnt read the instructions properly i couldnt believe what I had done. I would advise everyone to be extremely careful with these products





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i have been fell walking in the lake district and am suffering with very bruised and painful big toe nails, should i leave them alone or get them checked out, a friend who has suffered the same thing has cut the skin just below nail bed and says they are much better now but i need advice first please, carol.





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Go see your doctor, I hurt my big toe nail, while playing around 20yrs ago I didn't have it seen to and it just got worse. I now have a nail that is horrible, I made the mistake of pulling the whole nail off and think I injured the nail bed. If anyone has a cure I will be most grateful.

I injured the nail bed of my right thumb while using a grater. A tiny bit of it came off. It's red underneath and hurts only when used, which unfortunately is a lot since I'm right-handed. Any advice?





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Both my big toenails have came away from the nail bed and I'm now left with a stump at the root will they grow back? They nail that came away was yellow and discoloured and now left with abit of nail near the root however it is very embarrssing and I feel very down about it. Will they grow back? I'm only 21 so I'm very worried





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I have an underactive thyroid and my big toe nails are coming off. They say thyroid is stable but iron down so to take a supplement. When will they get better and do I cut it off??





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I have phsirosis and my big toe nail is removing from nail bed and becoming in grown what do I do to solve this problem?





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