Q&A

How can you stop nail separation after removing acrylics?

Q.

In some people who have removed their artificial nails, I’ve noticed that the nail plate separates from the nail bed. What can be done, if anything, to help this problem?

A.

It’s true that artificial nails kept on for an extended period of time may result in separation of the nail plate from the nail bed (known as onycholysis). In this case, if onycholysis is directly due to the artificial nail as it sounds, there are two possibilities. One is a mild fungal infection that might have developed as a result of trapped moisture from keeping the artificial nails on for a long time, or it could be due to a mild inflammation or irritation of the nail bed as the result of the acrylic product. If the onycholysis resulted directly from the artificial nails, then it should be self-limiting and get better once the artificial nails are removed. If the lifting doesn’t improve in a four-week period, I recommend the client see a dermatologist for an exact diagnosis and proper treatment.

 

 

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