Eczema is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by red, itchy, swollen rashes on the skin.
Techs may need to make a tough decision if a client arrives for an appointment with a flare-up of eczema. Since a flare-up indicates an overly sensitive immune system, application of nail products could worsen the eczema rash, because nail products are known allergens. Use your professional judgment. Let the client know about the increased risk with exposure to product. It’s likely the client will know her body well enough to know if it’s a risk she wants to take. Educate your client on ways to avoid flare-ups, and always recommend she see a doctor to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Techs may not recognize eczema on the nail in its earliest stages, mistaking it for a case of common dry skin.
ECZEMA ON THE NAILS
Sometimes eczema strikes the hands, sometimes the nails. On the nails, the condition can present itself as severe dry skin or as a red, itchy rash. Techs may not recognize eczema on the nail in its earliest stages, mistaking it for a case of common dry skin. However, as the condition worsens, eczema will be evident both by the red, scaly look of the skin and by the client’s complaint of severe itch and irritation.
When techs suspect eczema is present on the skin, they should remove any artificial product that’s been applied. Nail products or other chemicals are known allergens, and if the skin is already compromised from eczema, these allergens may prevent the eczema flare-up from healing. Suggest clients visit their doctor for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Let clients be aware that the treatment could take a number of months, so they shouldn’t be discouraged if they don’t see immediate results.