Onycholysis

Identification and description of common nail disorders and diseases.

Onycholysis

Postby jumpyg » Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:10 pm

Onycholysis

Is whereby the nail plate painlessly begins to separate from the nail plate. This often begins at the free edge and then continues towards the matrix area. Infection can occur under the lifted area and can give the nail a white, yellow or green look. If it appears to be white it is a yeast infection and if it's green it is most likely a bacterial infection. The client should seek medical attention as the infection will need to be controlled before the nail will reattach.

Although this condition can be the result of a skin disease, an infection or the result of injury, it is mostly seen in women with long fingernails. It can be caused from the nail being irritated from excessive filing, chemical overexposure, contact dermatitis - an allergy to nail chemicals (i.e. acrylic or glues), or an overexposure to water.

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Images are from DermNet NZ http://dermnetnz.org/hair-nails-sweat/onycholysis.html and Dermatology Online Journal http://dermatology.cdlib.org/93/case_reports/taxanes/mourad.html
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