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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    Onycholysis can be caused by a variety of factors, some serious and others harmless. Trauma to the nail bed is usually the cause of onycholysis. Other contributing factors include infection, thyroid disorders, skin conditions, certain medications, and nail treatments. These factors can sometimes result in the gradual detachment of the nail from the nail bed.

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    Onycholysis usually affects several nails at a time. The nail begins to slowly detach starting at the end of the nail tip and peeling backward. Because of infection, the nail may turn different colors. The border between the white and pink sections of your nail may be irregular. The skin beneath the nail may begin to thicken causing further detachment. Usually this process is relatively painless unless an infection causes subsequent irritation.
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    The symptoms of onycholysis usually only affect the hands and feet. However, the root cause of onycholysis can sometimes mean a serious ailment for the body. Some conditions associated with onycholysis are fungal (generally dermatophytes), yeast (Candida), and bacterial infections, psoriasis, kidney disease, lichen planus (a kind of rash on the skin and mouth), and thyroid problems.
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    Usually, your doctor will be able to diagnose your onycholysis just by looking at your nail. However, your doctor may want to take a sample of the skin beneath the nail to check for certain fungal infections or psoriasis. If your doctor suspects that the condition is caused by your thyroid, he may administer certain tests to check for a thyroid disorder.

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    If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of onycholysis, you should speak with your doctor. It is important that you speak with him as soon as you begin to experience symptoms as this condition could be a sign of an underlying disorder. If left untreated, onycholysis has the potential to do permanent damage to the nail bed. As with any appointment, be sure to discuss the causes, symptoms, treatments, and complications associated with onycholysis.

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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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    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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    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 can be prevented by consistent 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. Also, if you have any of the medical conditions that could cause onycholysis like psoriasis or infection, be sure to speak with your doctor about these risky conditions.

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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.