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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    Onycholysis is normally relatively painless. However, infections that cause onycholysis may cause some pain or irritation. You can also feel some pain if your detached nail becomes snagged on something. This is why it is important to keep infected fingernails short, dry, and protected.

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    If left untreated, onycholysis can be serious as it has the potential to create permanent damage to the nail bed. Onycholysis is also serious because it can be a symptom of some dangerous underlying conditions. These conditions include psoriasis, thyroid malfunction, and bacterial, fungal, and yeast infections.

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    People who are most at risk for onycholysis (the separation and lifting of the nail plate from the nail bed) include those who wear their nails very long or wear false fingernails, and those who have psoriasis, overactive thyroids, or other medical conditions. Fungal infections can also cause onycholysis in many people. Once the nail has lifted from the nail bed, infection with bacteria or yeast becomes more likely. Taking certain medications, including some antibiotics, may also raise risks for onycholysis. 
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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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    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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    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.