Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Ronelle Basson | 2011/10/12


Lifting finger nails

My 2 year old grand daughter''s finger nails are all lifting up, the new nail is clearly visible underneath. She goes to playschool and in August she visited an petting animal farm in Kimberley. Could it be a fungal infection? There are no visible signs of infection

Expert's Reply



This is a very good and important question.When the fingernails separate from the nail bed underneath it is known by the medical term of 'onycholysis' There are several possible causes but the two most common are a fungal infection of the nail bed and secondly a reaction to certain antibiotics or medicines which may have the side effect of making the child more sensitive to sunlight. It is thought to be this increased sensitivity to sunlight in some children that is the cause of the nail separation. It is best to consult a dermatologist about h this. Write down the medical term 'onycholysis' so that there will be no doubt as to what your granddaughter's problem is.

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