Onycholysis (Nail Lifting)

Onycholysis (Nail Lifting)

Onycholysis (Nail Lifting)
People who wear their nails very long or wear fake fingernails are more likely to have onycholysis, a painless separation of the nail from the nail bed. Also known as nail lifting, it can be a sign of the skin disease psoriasis or a fungal infection. An iron deficiency can be suggested if all of the fingernails lift at once. Learn more about nail lifting and nail lifting treatment with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    You can manage your onycholysis on a daily basis by keeping your nails short and helping in their regrowth. Once you have clipped off any detached nail, be very careful to keep your hands dry, clean, and protected. Once your nails grow back make sure to continue practicing good nail care. Proper nail care includes cleanliness, avoiding nail biting or picking, keeping your nails short and moisturized, and avoiding any harsh nail treatments. If you have any of the medical conditions that caused onycholysis, be sure to deal with your condition properly as indicated by your doctor.

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    Treatment for onycholysis is a very slow process. The only treatment required is to clip the nail that has detached and wait for it to grow back, attached to the nail bed. Your doctor may also recommend a prescription to help cure any infection. During this time, you should be especially careful of your nails as they will be very sensitive.

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    Usually, the only treatment needed for onycholysis is nail clipping and proper regrowth. However, this treatment is useless unless you use consistent good nail care afterward to avoid further problems. Proper nail care includes cleanliness, avoiding nail biting or picking, keeping your nails short and moisturized, and avoiding any harsh nail treatments.

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    Onycholysis is not usually treated by medications. However, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to help prevent and manage any bacterial, fungal, or yeast infections as well as psoriasis or thyroid disorders. As with any medication, be sure to take it just as your doctor indicated.

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    A fungal infection can both cause and aggravate a case of onycholysis. In fact, nearly 50 percent of all nail deformities are caused by a fungal infection. When the fungal infection causes inflammation or swelling, the nail lifts away. The exposed skin, in turn, is at a greater risk for further infection. If your onycholysis is caused by a fungal infection, your doctor will usually prescribe an antifungal to cure the infection so that you can begin to treat the onycholysis.
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    Onycholysis can be one of the symptoms of various different illnesses and medical conditions. Many times it is a result of skin diseases like psoriasis. In some individuals, onycholysis is a sure sign of a thyroid disorder like hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Most times, though, onycholysis is due to nail bed trauma or bacterial, yeast, or fungal infections.

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    Specific statistics for onycholysis are unknown. Nail deformities in general are fairly common. Nearly 50 percent of nail deformities result from a fungal infection. However, onycholysis is different from most nail deformities since it is most commonly caused by trauma to the nail through aggressive nail treatment or accidental strain.

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    When caring for someone with onycholysis it is important to provide them with the help and support they need. Help them to treat their onycholysis by keeping their nails short and helping in their regrowth. Once they have clipped off any detached nail, encourage them to keep their hands dry, clean, and protected. If an antibiotic, antifungal, topical drying agent, or other medication is prescribed, make sure the person uses it as directed. Once their nails grow back make sure to continue practicing good nail care. If they have any medical conditions that caused onycholysis, be sure to follow the indications of their doctor.
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    Thyroid disease tends to cause and aggravate onycholysis. If the thyroid is either underworked or (more commonly) if it is overworked, it is possible that your nails will become very brittle and frail or begin to peel away from the skin. This is why your doctor will often check for thyroid malfunction if you have onycholysis.
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    Depending on the type of treatment you are receiving, your nail treatment can have either a positive or negative effect on onycholysis. If you leave on nail polish for too long or if you use too much remover, your nails can become dry and develop onycholysis. Also, trauma to the nail bed because of manicuring tools can cause onycholysis. Too much moisture can cause onycholysis as well. It is best to use products that are not too aggressive and that foster moisture and good nutrients in the nail bed.