Onycholysis Home Treatement, Prevention & Care
Onycholysis may look scary, but thanks to advance in medical science, a separated nail can now re-attach itself with proper treatment. Home treatment for onycholysis varies and depends on its cause, but eliminating the predisposing cause is , of course, always the best treatment. Nail techs can do their part by offering gentle, soothing services that help prevent further irritation to the affected nail. However, there are certain reminders that are worth taking note of.
Home treatment and prevention:
1. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure; so if you know the cause, eliminate it as best you can. (Refrain from re-doing the things that has harmed your nails; for instance, over immersion in water or chemical overexposure; nail-biting habit must be stopped (seek professional counseling if needed);
2. Thoroughly wash your hands and feet everyday and dry them well. A skin-softening cream for nourishing the nails and hands may be used as remedial care. Use anti-fungal foot powder or cornstarch, as alternative, for your feet to absorb moisture and kill fungus which might have attached itself on your feet.
3. Avoid shocking the nails, like using them as tools, tapping long nails on a desktop , computer keys, picking hot objects with your nails, or using them as tools.
4. Clip the nails short; trim straight across regularly, at least, weekly and file any parts that have thickened. They are less likely to get damaged. make sure to keep the nail bed clean and dry.
5. Refrain from nail polish to hide your embarrassing nails because it may be trapping unwanted moisture beneath the nails which could encourage growth of fungi or worsen the condition of already damaged nails.
6. Select appropriate socks to use, preferably synthetic socks which is better at absorbing moisture than cotton or wool, which can make your feet more sweaty. Change your socks daily.
7. Wear shoes that are not tight and allow your feet to breath throughout the day by taking off your shoes occasionally. Whenever possible, use open-toed sandals or slippers to ventilate your toes.
8. Avoid contact irritants and moisture. Wear light cotton gloves under vinyl gloves if you are working in wet areas or if your work requires manual wet work.
9. When you need to handle soil, compost or debris, make use of a pair of dry rubber gloves and turn them inside out to dry them out after use.
10. Don’t walk barefoot in places where the surfaces are damp or wet.
11. Do not attempt to remove the separated nail with nippers or any other implement. Trust the nail doctor who may clip the nail and scrape a sample of tissue from beneath the nail plate for laboratory testing; to determine if a fungal infection is the cause of the disorder.
12. For serious, prolonged cases, a patient can receive intralesional injections, with the use of anesthesia, if infection is not present. Depending on the underlying cause, the doctor may prescribe medication to treat the cause.
Antiseptic for the nails:
Thymol Antiseptic is designed to sanitize and dehydrate the nail plate. Thymol Antiseptic’s properties retard bacterial infections and fungal growth by reducing the oils and contaminants on which they feed. Recommended for people who have onycholysis. Apply to the hyponichium and matrix area (2) two times a day until the problem has cleared.