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Why do nails separate from the nail bed?

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Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:48 pm      Reply with quote
I've got a thumbnail that has pulled away from the bed leaving an ugly whitish/yellowish nail covering half the surface. The nail on one of my big toes has done the same. In the past when this has happened, the nail eventually grows out, but my thumbnail is not growing out right.

Assuming this isn't caused by thyroid or some other problem, how can I prevent this? I'm using Nail Envy Original. When I remove it, my nails seem so dry, but not sure it's the fault of the NE. Other than cuticle cream (and does that really work for moisturizing the nail itself?), what can i do to improve the dryness?
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Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:07 pm      Reply with quote
Do you notice any white spots on your nails? If you do, this is usually indicative of a zinc deficieny, which may also be causing your nails to grow poorly
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Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:31 pm      Reply with quote
I had bad eczema on both of my ring fingers last year and due to the nail separating at the side, I got nail fungus. It took forever for the nails to grow out. However, it's returned on one of my fingernails again. After my hands have been in water for any reason, I put a few drops of peroxide along the side of the nail with the fungus and when it dries, spread Vicks Vaporub all over my nail. Sometimes I cover it with a bandaid. That is what cured it last time. Vicks has eucalyptus, camphor and menthol. I've since read something that it works for nail fungus but at the time had no idea, I was just desperate and thought the ingredients might be similar to tea tree oil.

I have thyroid disease but hadn't heard anything about the nail bed separating.
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Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:16 pm      Reply with quote
Sounds like a fungal infection. Go see the pharmacist.

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Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:33 pm      Reply with quote
Keliu wrote:
Sounds like a fungal infection. Go see the pharmacist.


It sounds like it, but there can be many reason this happens have a look and have it looked at by a professional.

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Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:24 pm      Reply with quote
Yes, I've seen that site which is where I picked up on the possible thyroid connection. When I remove my polish (which I probably should avoid), my nails look extremely dry. A manicurist commented on that, too. So how can I add moisture back to my nails? I don't think cuticle cream would work on the actual nail, would it?
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Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:52 pm      Reply with quote
Flavia wrote:
So how can I add moisture back to my nails?


The Trind nail system does a good job of moisturizing dry nails, but I've also read that you can apply cuticle oil twice a day to bare nails (and hand cream on nails whenever they get wet) as a moisturizing regimen.

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Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:13 pm      Reply with quote
Flavia wrote:
Yes, I've seen that site which is where I picked up on the possible thyroid connection. When I remove my polish (which I probably should avoid), my nails look extremely dry. A manicurist commented on that, too. So how can I add moisture back to my nails? I don't think cuticle cream would work on the actual nail, would it?


You can only help the new nail that grows out as far as having much better condition. If it's caused by fungus the last thing you want is to trap moisture in as fungus thrives in moist conditions.
Honestly first and foremost I would find out for sure what is causing the condition of your nails, especially as you are seeing this both on fingernails and toes. I feel a medical professional should diagnose the cause, it may be as simple as a fungal infection, but treating anything without knowing for certain goes against my grain and all I was taught as a cosmetologist ages ago.
JMHO. Smile

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