Originally Posted by April S
I was a nail biter my whole life and finally put on acrylics. I did just fine with that but the nail shop I was going to went out of business and I thought I would get "smart" and start using "glue on" nails. Each week, they would start to look shabby so I would take them off and re-apply a new set. Needless to say, my natural nails look AWFUL now!!!! Plus, I have noticed that on one hand, three nails have gotten a green fungus on top and they are starting to separate from the nail bed. I am afraid my nails will never grow over that separation...my pinky nail is so small now, my ring finger is 1/2 way down and my middle finger has just started separating. What can I do? I'm afraid to go "natural" because I am afraid of starting the biting habit again....should I go back to acrylics? Have a manicurist nurse my nails back to health? I'm a professional and having icky nails is NOT a good thing....I keep wanting to go throw on the glue on nails just to cover it up but I know I'm only making the problem worse.
What to do????
Thanks for any advice.
the green discoloration on your nails is the result of a Pseudomonas Bacterial infection. You gave this to your self when yu repeatedly removed and glued on new 'nails' without properly prepping the nail surface. The bacteria got trapped between the new tip and the natural nail, set up housekeeping and turned into a full-blown infection. You will need to be sure the infection is 'dead' before you do anything. You cn 'kill' it by simmply wiping the nails with alcohol a couple of times a day and always after having your hands in water. The alcohol will remove the moisture that the bacteria needs to grow. It shouldn't take but a few days to kill the infection, but the stain (which is composed mainly of iron compounds) will remain and will have to grow out with the nail plate.
After you are sure the infection is not growing, you should go see a GOOD manicurist or nail technician that will take care of your natural nails. They can always treat them for a few weeks adn then apply a THIN layer of gel on top to protect them until they grow out.
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