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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