Re: Habit Tic Nail Deformity?
Hi there. There is hope, so don't despair! I have had ugly thumbnails for over 5 years, and never knew it had anything to do with my nail and cuticle picking habit. I finally showed my dermatologist in March of this year, who questioned me about habits. I wondered why, but answered truthfully. Long story short, she explained how that damages the nails, cautioned me to stop picking and to find something else -- anything else -- to do instead. It really was a fairly unconscious habit, but once I started paying attention I realized just how often I did this. Anyway, the second part of the "cure" has been rubbing Lidex into the cuticle area of my thumbnails twice a day. It's a prescription and is a corticosteroid, so follow directions carefully. A little goes a long way, and I haven't even begun to get near the end of the tube. She told me she didn't know if my nails would ever look "normal" but they would at least look a great deal better than they did now. At first, my nails seemed to look even worse (!) -- I had huge (enormous!) ridges grow out first. In my right thumb, it was so huge that it actually split the cuticle as it emerged. I was alarmed, to say the least. Once that emerged though, much more normal nail has been growing out! It has been about 5 months now and those huge ridges that first came out are nearing the end of my nail and I look forward to the day I can cut my nails and be rid of them. My days of hiding my thumbs are nearly over! I am quite happy with the way they are growing out. So I would give you the advice of asking your doctor for a prescription for Lidex -- apparently it helps things to calm down and heal. Good luck, and don't give up!