Onycholysis is a condition that occurs when the fingernail or toenail separates from the nail bed, the area where it is attached to the finger or toe. This separation most commonly starts at the tip of the nail and gradually extends towards the cuticle.
Onycholysis can be caused by various factors, such as trauma or injury to the nail, frequent exposure to water or certain chemicals, fungal infections, psoriasis, thyroid disease, or underlying medical conditions. It can also be a side effect of certain medications.
Symptoms of onycholysis may include a visible gap between the nail and the nail bed, discoloration of the affected area, pain, tenderness, or an irregular shape of the nail. In some cases, there may be underlying nail deformities or the development of secondary infections.
If you suspect you have onycholysis, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional or a dermatologist who can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment options.« Back to Glossary Index