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How can you stop nail separation after removing acrylics?

December 02, 2010 | Bookmark +

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?


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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What’s the cause of the pinkish-red oval area on the pad of my client’s toes?

I have a client who has a recurring problem with her fourth toes during the winter months. Both of her “ring finger” toes develop a pinkish-red oval area on the pad. Then a month later, when I see her again, the skin has become dry and hard like a callus, with the layers of skin peeling away to reveal a deeper, dark epicenter.  It’s extremely painful for her and, needless to say, we do not touch it. But it clears up in the summer when she’s wearing open-toed sandals, so I suspect it has to be due to the boots she wears in the winter. Plus she never puts lotion on her feet or uses a foot file in between visits. What do you think causes this?

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What are the big white spots on my natural-nail client’s nails?

I have a client who has been with me for about two years. She used to wear acrylic nails but has been a natural nail client for eight months or so. She has these white spots on her nails — big spots that are dry, but not flaky, right in the middle of the nail. I did try to buff them lightly but they do not come off or grow off. I had a new client come in last week who had the same on her toenails. She said it started after she had a pedicure done at another salon. Can you help?

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