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    i am 20 and iv been biting my nails ever since i can remember. iv tried the creams, the bad tasting nail varnishes, iv worn gloves, fake nails the lot! but i always seem to push through them. once my nails have got too painful to bite i start to bite the skin around my nails then bite the hairs off the tops of my fingers or wrist. i hate it and dont know what to do!





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    Hi for the past month or so my finger nails and toe nails have become painful and horrible. On me Thumb (Right Hand) i have pin indentations in the nail, and some the others look like they coming away from the nail bed. My toe nails especialy big ones are very thick and hard to cut, some times crumble. At times they are very painful when i have to wear shoes for a long period of time. I have been to the doctors but they just wont give me any sort or answer and are now refering me to the hospital. Do you have any idea what this could be and if there any thing to get rid of it??





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    Hi I wanted to enquire if its safe enough to get nail art on psoriasitic nails or can have acrylic nails on my natural nails. I hope it would not harm my nails further





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    Hello. I have a problem with my finger nails. Two finger nails of both hands when they get at the certain lenght start curving downwards, it does not look nice and I cannot enjoy having long nails. I've noticed when the nails are wet they are the same shape as others, nice shape. Is something wrong with my nails? Does it show any health problems?





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    I have this also, it was just a couple of my nails a few years ago when i noticed it first, now more of them are curving. Mine too are fine when wet. It's horrible, i'm really conscious of it, I'd love to know why it happens but can't find any info on the net..

    Hello . my left thumb nail has over the past five years has cracks across it and bits are falling off it . I did see a DR and he said i have hit it not that i can remember. then he suggested a fungal nail treatment i did this but it did not work . and now i have noticed my right hand thumb nail is going the same way. I have looked on a few site however i can not find any like my nails.

    over 4 years ago I damaged both my big toe nails under a plimpth of a bed.it was veryvery painful.they now grow badly discoloured and every so often I loose the nails and new ones are underneath but then these then get discoloured,doesn't look nice at all and in the summer i just have to keep nail varnish on them.





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    Hi there, I have a problem with my nails and toes. The nails and the toes are getting separated from my skin and sometimes it's very painful. I have seen doctors however I was told that there's no cure or solution for this. Once I was told it's because of manicure and pedicure (I'd never had pedicure when the problem started though)and it's not a fungus or infection, also I have to keep my hands dry as much as possible.These things sometimes get dissappear from my nails but my toes are always the same. Could you possibly tell me what the problem could be and how I can get rid of it? Thanks a lot.





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    Get a nail file and gently but firmly buff over the ridges and it will remove them,not long term but it gets rid of them

    My finger nails have gone from being strong, dull shine, slightly curved nails(when looking at finger tips with nails on top) to nails which are very soft and breakable, very shiny at the ends and curved so much that they look as though they have been pinched by pliers. My diet has not changed and there is nothing significant, as far as I can recall, that would cause this. . . .please help. Carla.





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    I used to bite my nails, now my tips grow way to early and there is only a tiny base for my nails. This seems silly but it means only half of what should be stuck to my finger is and that cause my nails to break alot, what should I do?





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    8 weeks ago I had my left hip replaced. All is going weel except for pain around theedges om big toe nails. I have also noticed that these nails have not grown in this time although the rest of my nails have. Is there any reason for this lack of growth? I am a 74 year old woman. Any help appreciated.





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    Its just where your nerves in your leg that need to get back to there usual function. When you had the hip replcement they to intfere with your nervus system and could cause them to have got damaged or reconfigure when the hip was replaced. But theres nothing to worry about really. Just keep an eye on the nails and they start to grow as normal again.

    Hi, whenever I cut my toenails there is a cheesy smell that comes from the nails, only from both big nails though. There is no smell from the toe until I cut my nails. There is no discolouration although they do seem slightly brittle. I have tried athletes foot treatments (creams, powder, spray, gels etc etc) but it doesnt help! I have no ideas what it is, any suggestions?





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    That means, dear Clarabelle, that there is a fungus among us... Seriously though, you have onychomycosis: a fungal infection of the nail. The good news is, that it sounds like you're still in the 'early' stage of infection, so if you begin treatment now you have a better chance of clearing it up than most. Go see your doctor immediately to begin treatment. In the meantime, pick up some Tea Tree Oil or Google "OTC Nail fungus treatment" and head on down to your local drug store. No matter what, don't ignore a possible infection...It only gets worse!

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    Hello, I have suffered since having children with very dry skin around my fingers mainly being the middle and index ones. They become very dry and painful, usually the nails lifting up on the side and can come to a point where infections (pus balls around the nails appear). It is has only affected my finger nails not my toe nails. I have been to a consultant and they have mentioned that it is psoriasis/dermatitus but all the creams I have used do not help and the throbbing can become quite painful. When I see the picture as above my nails have not discoloured like this. Can you please help. Many thanks





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    For a number of years I have been having a lot of problems with my toe nails, ingrowing toe nails and a lot of thick skin growing under the nails, often hard to cut the nails which are discolored and very thick, unable to get the nails very clean and they are painful most of the time, have had cuttings of nails sent off but was told no fungal growth there, what is best treetment.





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    I have had psoriasis for about 8years - some on my skin but that clears quite well with the sun. My nails are bad with it and I have lost all of my finger nails on two occasions and they have just started to crumble and rot again. My two big toe nails are affected also - the worse thing is that there is a green pus like substance which comes from under the nails - mostly on my toe nails - I had both my big toe nails removed to try and stop this but it was unsuccessful - I had them redone about 5 weeks ago again - but already the 'pus' like substance is showing again. some of this comes from under the finger nails as well, my fingers around the base of my nail is constantly inflamed and when they are really painful I know there is a build up of this stuff and I have to release it. I have tried various medications including methotrexate but nothing has worked. I dont know anyone else with this pus stuff from their nails - anyone else have this problem or any ideas??

    My two big toe nails are really a problem. the nails won't even grow before they die again. the nails don't stick to my skin as they should naturally and they're always so painful. my little toe is so swollen and very painful as well. I dread wearing shoes that cover my toes. I need to get this fixed ASAP as the pains are so unbearable. I will be very grateful if anyone or the doctors can profer a solution. thank you





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    ive had problems with my big toe nails for a couple of years now, firstly they were ingrowing, then i had a bad case of overgranulated skin. now im left with nails upon nails. My big toe has upto 5-6 nails growing ontop of each other, it is becomming painful and doesnt seem to be stopping. what could it be? and what should i do. its very embarrassing and also my other foot is starting to do the same





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    I have really bad ingrowing toe-nails 4 in total which are getting worse on my large toes I am struggling to even cut the nails as the nail is now is growing so thick that I can't get the nails in the clippers. They can be quite painful at times so much so that just touching the nail is painful. What is the first step for me do I go to my GP or do I go to a chiropidist first?





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    My finger nails also come away from the beds and my nails curl upwards. They look terrible and i'm so embarrassed about them. I have some lovely rings but look awful on my fingers. I've tried using false nails but my own nails push them off when the start to curl up. Doc said the only cure is to keep cutting them as short as possible and have injections into the beds every few weeks. He also said it was very painful so don't know what to do..!

    My problem with my fingernails started a year and a half ago, previously before I used to wear fake nails I had removed myself which was quite painful to say the least I noticed my 2 thumbnails started to change colour they became dark in colour at the sides of the nails. It then spread to my other nails causing all of them to change colour dramatically I seeked medical advice and treatment this didn't work I now resort to filing down my nails and painting my nails black so that no one notices how bad they are.I can send a picture of my nails if you can advice me of how to do so.. Thank you for your time





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    i have nail psoriasis, its painful... my skin has fallen off, nails are hard and discoloured. I find it painful to wear shoes. My mum has had psoraisis for years, i only found out 6 weeks ago i have the same, i didnt realise it could affect nails

    i have psoriasis on all my finger nails and on one of my toe nails i don't have it any were else. my nails are sore and getting shorter as the skin underneath grows away from the nails. is there nothing i can do apart from keeping my nails short.this started about 5 years ago and seems to be getting worse.





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    Hi I play 3 different racquet sports and have trouble with big toe nails and 2 toe nails next to them - presumably from impact! Big toe nails become thick, semi-hollow, discoloured and painful. Have tried different creams and anti-septic liquids, to no avail. Is there a quick-fix for this problem as, apart from pain, am embarrassed to wear open shoes!





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    over the past years my finger nails sometimes gradually turn white and remain for a very long time what is the main reason for such change. Also my big toe nails is vert tough and ugly , very difficult to cut painful at times, i am not sure if it is ingrown nails I need professional advice how can i access such service





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    I unfortunately ended up having this problem but in both of my big toes, it was really painful and i didn't want to tell anyone about it because i was too embarased to say anything. Eventually i got the courage and went to the doctors. Were they refered me to a foot specialist and gave me antibiotics to fight the infection. I did end up having my toe nails removed, it may sound awful but it was totally worth it because another set of nails had started to grow. So i regularly bathed my feet and constantly filed my nails so that it could help them to grow. Both of my big toes are back to normal and are healthy as they have ever been. I make sure that my nails aren't too short or long and they are more looked after then before.





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    Hi I would like to share my story, firstly a few years ago I had stubbed my big toe"s not at the same time, anyway both nails died and I had cut off the dead nails, over time the new nails grew, but not straight, more curved leaving a gap, due to this I started having ingrown nails, I was afraid of going to doctors and thoughts of surgery, so I opted going for a manicure instead, In the beginning was fine but then I would get pain again from the ingrown nails I would make appointments every two weeks as my big toes would be painful and bleed, on going to get my big toes done the beautician noticed I had puss under one of the ingrown nails, I could not stand the pain no longer and finally went to see a foot specialist, thinking the worst of having an operation, but thankfully that was not the case... He simply filed my toe nails down to reduce thickness of the nails, then like a genius used a tungsten wire cut to the right length according to the width of my nail and used a glue stick headed gun and glued the two ends of the tungsten wire, he placed the wire in line where the nail would become ingrown, I had this done on both big toes, I made appointments to see him over a three month period where he filed my nails and cleaned the edges now many months on I have good nails again and no ingrown toe nails, I took pics before and after as a reminder lol.. So with him making my to nails thinner they were more flexi and the wire could lift up the nails straight to stop them digging in. Hope this helps and maybe some people won't need fake nails or surgery...





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    I also have nail bed separation of both big toes (for 20 years or more). All other nails are fine/healthy. Both nails were separately injured many years ago. Both nails tested negative for fungal infection. Eventually consultants decided it was "probably" psoriasis. The only permanent solution they offered was complete nail removal. Both big toe nails can be painful with blood under the nails if I let them grow longer or if they get much more than gentle touch pressure. No drugs (topical or oral) have helped in the slightest. I tried several ways to trim the nails. The solution, that works for me, is to keep the nails VERY short (about half normal lenth or less!). I found I could not easily cut them this short. It was difficult as there was significant thickening under the nail. So I use a mains powered pedicure set of this type: http://www.dhgate.com/product/pen-shape-electric-nail-art-file-drill-kit/108725588.html . The important features (for me) are that it has a mains adapter (batteries would be expensive for regular use) AND it is cheap (£5 ish) AND I have found one particular bit and speed that is effective for me AND it isn't painful. So, sorry, no real cure but at least a way to manage the problem. Hope that helps.

    Ten yrs ago i went to the drs with a fungal nail infection, they carried out a painful op to remove part of the nail bed leaving me unable to walk unaided for 4 weeks, was then told by a chiropodist this was unnecessary and now irreversible, i now have to wear false nails as my nails only grow about a cm and become thick, its completely shattered my confidence. Is there another more permanent option for me to get 'normal' nails.





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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..

    I have used CORDRAN tape on my nails cobering them for a 24 hr period once a week. I have lost most of the painful waves in the nails, but still have the white ends but they are MUCH better than they have ever been

    Hi I don't know whether i have Psoriasis my nails are so thick sometimes they go black and yes can be painful. I have to file mine down so they are flat I have been to the doctors but don't get an answer I hate my nails PLEASE ANY CURE thankyou

    I used to have ingrown toenails, they can be very painful. I found that cutting my nails straight in front (no curves)helped a lot. Don't cut your nails too short, or it will start again. For temporary relief, I used to take the sponge from medicine holders and put them between my toes to avoid contact. It really helps!! Don't wear shoes that are too narrow in front - that will aggrevate the ingrown nails. Good luck!

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