Onycholysis isolated on white background. The hands of the doctor in gloves examine the damage to the nail. Mechanical damage to the nail plate. Damage to the nail after applying shellac or gel-varnish (Gel-lacquer).
What Is Onycholysis? The Fingernail Condition Explained
What is Onycholysis?
Healthy nails are usually smooth and have a uniform color — if not, there could be a medical reason for it. Onycholysis is a fingernail condition that has several different causes, and although anyone can develop it, you could be increasing your risk.
Common Signs of Onycholysis
If one of your nails is separating from the skin, you could have onycholysis — in most cases, it won’t cause pain, but it can be unsightly. Other symptoms include a thick nail bed, an unusual border between the white edge and pink area, general discoloration, dents, and crumbling.
Severe Reasons
Onycholysis can only affect a single nail, but the exception is when you have an underlying medical condition, such as anemia, hyperthyroidism, or a severe yeast infection. Your doctor will make a diagnosis, try to identify the cause, and decide on a treatment that works best for you.
Unexpected Causes
In addition to underlying health conditions or a trauma to the nail, certain nail cosmetics can result in the development of onycholysis. If you're allergic to artificial nail tips or a certain chemical in nail polish, for instance, you may experience this condition.
Can It Be Covered Up?
When you notice symptoms, contact your doctor, but if you have an important upcoming engagement, paint over it or visit the salon until you can seek treatment. Technicians know our nails are indicators of our health, and may suggest you visit your doctor instead.