Who is at risk for onycholoysis (nail lifting)?

Women are more likely than men to develop onycholysis. This is probably due to the fact that they usually keep their nails longer and visit a manicurist more often -- both situations can encourage trauma to the nail bed and infection. Additionally, certain medical conditions can increase your risk for onycholysis. Skin conditions like psoriasis and thyroid problems can also increase your chances of developing onycholysis.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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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