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Onycholysis

This is a common problem where the end of the nail plate splits away from the nail bed.

It can be due to multiple factors including:

  • Trauma
  • Moisture
  • Irritation
  • Infection with bacteria, yeast or fungus

Treatment

This condition is treatable, but it takes time. It can take 6-9 months to grow a healthy new fingernail, and even longer to grow a new toenail. During this time it is important to strictly adhere to all of the treatment guidelines.

  • Keep the nails trimmed short, and trim away any portion of the nail that is split from the nail bed. This is extremely important as it will decrease trauma to the nail, and also will eliminate the chronic pooling of moisture under the nail where infections are most likely to develop.
  • Keep the area dry and clean, and away from irritants. The most common irritants are soaps and detergents. Alcohol, nail polish remover and a variety of other solvents, acids, alkalis and harsh chemicals can also contribute to the problem. Any time you are working around water or chemicals you should wear gloves (avoid latex if you may have a latex allergy). Use of a hand moisturizer is often helpful to protect the skin from further irritation as they can help repair your skin’s natural barrier.
  • If the area appears to have developed an infection of fungus, yeast or bacteria your provider may need to give you medication. It is important to use this medication as directed.

If you are having additional problems, or need help with trimming the nail short, please contact our office.