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What Is Plantar Fibroma?

Learn what plantar fibroma looks like and how it is treated.

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A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Q&As From Around the World

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern answers questions she’s received about nail ailments from around the world.  Topics include toenail fungus, vertical black lines, nail shedding, ingrown toenails, and cutting the cuticle.

Don’t Be Sidelined by Allergies or Irritations

A new way of looking at the problem of salon-related allergies and contact dermatitis can reduce the likelihood of suffering from a condition that could end your career.  

A Doctor’s Advice on Soothing Irritated Hands

Portland, Ore.-based dermatologist Patricia Norris offers advice on dermatitis, hand-washing, moisturizers, and glove use.

Client of the Month: The Hyper-Sensitive

As a nail tech, you’re sure to have at least one client who’s the sensitive type. From onycholysis to itchy, dry cuticles, symptoms caused by allergies to common ingredients can range from mild to severe. Learn to spot these aggravating symptoms and treat them accordingly.

Never Touch the Stuff

It really sucks when the thing you love makes you itch.

Under the Microscope: Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Caused by allergens that come into contact with the skin, allergic contact dermatitis often clears up on its own when sufferers avoid the offending agent.

How Irritating!

Red, Swollen patches? Blister-like bumps? Chances are it’s contact dermatitis, but only the doctor can say if it’s a simple case of irritation or a more serious allergy.

Acrylic Allergy Can Cause Nails to Separate

Should a nail technician remove acrylic from a client who is suffering from tender nail beds after the nail tech recently changed product?

Patch Test Pinpoint Causes Of Allergies

When a client exhibits redness, small blisters, swelling, separation of the nail plate from the nail bed, or tenderness of the nail bed and nail folds, this usually indicates contact dermatitis, a skin allergy to a product or ingredient.