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Why are my finger nail pulling away from the skin underneath?

Why are my finger nail pulling away from the skin underneath?

This is called: Onycholysis and is most frequently seen secondary to a nail fungal infection, but there are other causes, See dermatologist for answers ...Read more

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What is causing my nails to pull away from skin?

What is causing my nails to pull away from skin?

Trauma: Repetitive micro-trauma (small trauma caused by repetitive motions) can cause the nail to separate from the nail bed. If it is in your toenails it could be from the way you walk or your arches not being supportive. I recommend seeing a dermatologist or podiatrist if the problem persists. ...Read more

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I'm really concerned about my fingertips. They're extremely dry, they bleed, and they hurt. I've bought lotions and home remedies and nothing seems to work. My nails seem to be really weak and they pull back really fast. Whenever I touch anything, they hu

I'm really concerned about my fingertips. They're extremely dry, they bleed, and they hurt. I've bought lotions and home remedies and nothing seems to work. My nails seem to be really weak and they pull back really fast. Whenever I touch anything, they hu

Me too!: You are rightfully concerned about your fingertips. This condition, dyshidrotic eczema, isn't just painful, it can also interfere with your personal and professional activities and leave your fingertips susceptible to infection. Initial treatment includes a high potency topical steroid cream or ointment which requires a physician's prescription. Please seek medical care! ...Read more

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Can vitamin deficiency cause nails to pull away from the nail bed?

Can vitamin deficiency cause nails to pull away from the nail bed?

Vitamin deficiency: Yes, consider a and d deficiency as the likely culprit, however, some minerals also could be the cause, as well as metabolic disease. ...Read more

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Why do we have nails?

Why do we have nails?

Nails: A nail forms a protective plate for the underlying tissue. It also acts as a counter-force to improve sensation. ...Read more

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Black strips on nails?

Black strips: Splinter hemorhages are the most common then followed by melanonychia. ...Read more

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How fast do nails grow?

How fast do nails grow?

3-12 months: Fingernails typically grow out completely in 3-6 months and toenails in 6-12 months. ...Read more

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What causes rippled nails?

What causes rippled nails?

Verticle Nail Ridges: Vertical nail ridges are fairly common and nothing to worry about.
Vertical nail ridges extend from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical nail ridges often become more numerous or prominent with age, possibly due to variations in cell turnover within the nail.
If your fingernails change color or you develop horizontal nail ridges, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do my nails grow down?

Why do my nails grow down?

Difficult to say: There are many changes that can occur with the nails. Many can be benign but some changes (downward curling being one of them) can be a sign of systemic disease, particularly lung disease. You should see you primary care doctor and possibly a dermatologist to help determine what is going on. ...Read more

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What do ridged nails mean?

What do ridged nails mean?

Maybe normal but...: Nail ridges (vertical) are frequently normal, but horizontal ridging may suggest psoriasis, which may olny appear on the nails. If concerned, see your pcp, dermatologist, or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How to keep nails healthy?

How to keep nails healthy?

Healthy nails: For nail health: 1. Don’t bite nails to avoid infections. 2. Keep nails clean & dry. 3. Clip nails straight across (rounded in center) to prevent them from becoming ingrown. Don’t push back cuticles. Use emery board for irregular nails 4. Insure that your shoes fit properly & that they don’t squeeze your toes. 5. Alternate the shoes you wear. 6. Apply moisturizing cream to nails. 7. If nails are thick & hard to cut you can soak in salt water x 5 to10” followed by application of lactic acid cream or urea. 8. Wear flip flops in public showers / pools to avoid fungal infections. 9. Don’t do bathroom surgery. ...Read more

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How long should my nails be?

Your choice: Your nail length is not critical for anything you do.....Well except maybe to help pry open soda cans. ...Read more

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How do I cut my baby's nails?

How do I cut my baby's nails?

Sandpaper: A grandmother showed me this trick decades ago. I use a simple 1X3 inch piece of heavy duty (wet/dry) sandpaper in 100-180 grit. If you use it free form to file the nails it can do the job in less than a minute on both hands. The paper conforms to the curves better than a file and using it lightly assures you won't injure the skin. ...Read more

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How come my nails are ridged?

How come my nails are ridged?

Which way?: If they are length wise it's not likely to be a serious problem. Even horizontal ridges can be due to repetitive trauma. However you might want to have blood work done for metabloic abnormalities like liver or kidney disease, thyroid or anemic issues. It should be easy to rule out serious causes of horizontal nail ridges, vertical line can occur with age. ...Read more

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How to cut the nails correctly?

How to cut the nails correctly?

Straight: Cut them straight across do not round the corners. ...Read more

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Why do people bite their nails?

Why do people bite their nails?

Pleasure: The lips are populated with a variety of nerve endings that give pleasure as they are stimulated. It helps a newborn figure out how to feed when they have never been hungry; helps the toddler get through a rough day with thumb sucking; makes us enjoy kissing & smoking & chewing your nails. If it weren't for society frowning on the process, more would probably do it. ...Read more

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Why my nails are growing slowly?

Why my nails are growing slowly?

How can you: Tell I think is ht efirst question. Nails grow slowly. There are signs if ther are problems the nails grow irregularly and thinly if ther are problem with nutrition. Also, you'd rather expect also issues in hair and skin. ...Read more

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Is superglue bad for your nails?

Is superglue bad for your nails?

Super glue: It can cause some peeling of the nails but there shouldn't be any permanent damage. ...Read more

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What causes ridges in the nails?

What causes ridges in the nails?

Trauma or illness: If only one nail is involved it could be due to trauma from approximately 4-6 months ago. The nail is made in the nail matrix which is right beneath the cuticle. Thus, it is easy to injure this area. However, if all nails are involved look back 4-6 months ago...Did you have a high fever or surgery? Stresses such as these can give ridges in multiple nails. See your doctor for further eval. ...Read more

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Splitting nails down the middle?

Splitting nails down the middle?

Many possibilities: Longitudinal nail splitting is seen in psoriasis, fungal nail infections, and lichen planus (a relative of psoriasis). A dermatologist can help you pinpoint the cause, and prescribe treatment. ...Read more

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How short should I bite my nails?

How short should I bite my nails?

Don't do it!: Nail biting can cause disruption of the cuticle, and lead to bacterial, yeast and other infections. It may also cause gingival damage. ...Read more

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What can I do to get stronger nails?

What can I do to get stronger nails?

Try biotin: This is a supplement which supposedly makes skin, hair and nails stronger. ...Read more

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How can I grow nails long and strong?

How can I grow nails long and strong?

Strong Nails: Several vitamins are notable for their support of strong, healthy nails, so seek these out in the foods you eat or as supplements. Vitamin A helps the body process protein, needed to sustain the nail bed and ward off hangnails. A lack of vitamin B may cause ridges and fragile nails. Biotin (also known as vitamin B7) is notable for its treatment of weak, split-prone nails. ...Read more

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Why have my nails started to come off?

Why have my nails started to come off?

Nail shedding: Nails can shed from many reasons such as trauma, systemic diseases, fungal infections. Evaluation by a dermatologist or podiatrist may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Am wondering why my nails are all blue?

Am wondering why my nails are all blue?

Blue nails: This is seen in hepatolenticular degeneration. Also seen in hemoglobin m disease and hereditary acrolabial telangiectases. If the fingers are also blue then this implies a higher than normal carbon dioxide level - like in heavy smokers. ...Read more

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What can I do about my nails splitting?

See a dermatologist: There are many things that can cause nail issues as you describe. Seeing a dermatologist will help you figure out what could be happening. ...Read more

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What is the best way to cut baby nails?

What is the best way to cut baby nails?

Sandpaper: I find a simple piece of find sandpaper is very effective at taking off the excess without risking cuts or removing skin. Scissors have taken the end off infant's finger when they moved unexpectedly and nail clippers leave sharp edges. Emory boards remove as much skin as nail. A 1 inch by 2-3 inch sheet of loose sandpaper will last forever and do the job well. ...Read more

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What do white marks on your nails mean?

What do white marks on your nails mean?

Leukonychia: White marks on nails (leukonychia) are typically from minor trauma to your nails (which could take days to weeks to show up). It could be very rarely from a deficiency in zinc. ...Read more

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What does white marks on my nails mean?

Beaus lines: White lines in your nails are called beaus lines and represent an illness or traumatic incident that has recently taken place. They look like ridges and are caused because cell divison of the nails have ceased. ...Read more

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How can I strengthen my nails naturally?

How can I strengthen my nails naturally?

Try Biotin: Try taking biotin 3-5000 ug daily. Silica supplements may help also. Finally, be sure not to disturb your cuticle and avoid harsh chemicals. ...Read more

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I bite my nails so bad. How can I stop?

I bite my nails so bad. How can I stop?

Pepper: Applying strong flavors to nails to retard biting may be first step. This can be part of other obsessive behavior or anxiety and may be helped by hypnotherapy, biofeedback, or acupuncture in selected individuals. ...Read more

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Why do my nails turn blue when I'm cold?

Why do my nails turn blue when I'm cold?

Vessels contract: Cold causes all blood vessels to constrict, and blood flow is reduced to extremities. When it is cold, lips and fingers do take on less of the red blood component and therefore look more "blue". ...Read more