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What can be done about skin that grows up on the underside of the free edge?

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What can be done about skin that grows up on the underside of the free edge? When I cut it, it grows back, and when I push it back it hurts.

A.

First of all, you should never cut the skin or even push it back aggressively because it could bleed or become infected. However, it is not normal for skin to grow on the underside of the free edge (although for some people, their skin may connect at a higher point on the nail). One reason this could be happening is that you have poor circulation to the fingers. Also, people who have beginning stages of a connective tissue disorder may develop skin growing on the underside of the free edge. In either case, it’s important to seek medical evaluation by a dermatologist to eliminate the possibility of a systemic condition.--Richard K. Scher, M.D.

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