Posted by: Rudie | 2009/08/24

copd and chronic sinusitis

My wife suffers from copd and chronic sinusitis. Due to the large amounts of corticosteroids she had to take her immune system has gone down the drain amongst other things. What bothers her now is that her fingernails are very tender and seems to be coming loose from the finger. Can this be brought on by the cortisone and is there any way of counteracting this.She is taking multivitamin supplements but it does not seem to help.

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Hallo Rudie
onycholysis or loose nails can be caused by many diseases. The most common are infections of the nails (bacterial or fungal) iron deficiency anemia, thyroid hormone disorders, injuries. If all the nails are doing this, it is probably due to an internal cause and her doctor may need to draw bloods to check thyroid, iron levels, sugar levels etc. Cortisone won't cause this - although some other medications like Tetracycline antibiotics and Ciprobay type antibiotics can cause it.
Dr Bets

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