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Why Are My Nails Pulling Away
How to treat moldy nails? (except pulling out the nails) it happens on my mom's toe nails. Both of the thumbnails. Thank you so much!
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
I am 27 years and I have been biting my nails since I was 3. Every time it gets worse, I am obsessed with my cuticutle and I pull it a lot. Pleashelp?
Seesee derm: There is a dermatologist that should be able to prescribe oral and topical treatment to help this. ...Read more
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
Finger nails on my left hand are splitting down the middle and have red spots and hurt to touch them? What could this be? My finger nails on my left hand I have red spots on each finger nail, and are very easily to tear or pull back. My finger nails on my
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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