Onycholysis is the loosening of a nail from its bed. It usually starts from the nail border. This can happen on any of the nails, but it happens more often in the ring finger. It can also affect the feet. This is usually painless, but it can pain a little at times. This can be a sign of a skin disease or from the result of an injury, while sympathetic hyperactivity may also lead to this condition. This phenomenon occurs generally in women. Fungal infection or psoriasis. Sunburn under the nail can also lead to Onycholysis. When the nail loosens from the nail bed, it can turn the nail into white (Yeast), yellow or a hue of green (bacterial infection). A fungal test needs to be done to determine Onycholysis. If not controlled in its early stages, it might become permanent. Treatment for this condition generally includes clipping off the nails while avoiding water as much as possible. It should not be bandaged or covered in any which way. Till reattachment starts appearing, the nails should be cut everyday. Oral medication may also be necessary. Patience is the key to healthy healing.
How does Onycholysis looks like?
The nail loosens from the nail bed, turning the loose part of the nail to become white, yellow or a tinge of green.
Here’s how Onycholysis looks like.