Marti, HELP! Fingernail fungus/infection... or just trauma or vitiman deficiency???
I have used arylic nails for about 10 years with no problems. I love them. About a month ago I had the full set removed and new ones applied. Although properly soaked and removed cautiously, still tramatic to natural nails, right? Shortly thereafter, (a couple of weeks later or so) I noticed that there was some seperation of my natural nail from the nail bed on just one of my fingernails... creeping above my french tip. Also, there was a small area of "very black dirt" under the nails on two fingers that I could not get removed. Not sure if that was between natural nail and acrylic or under natural nail... I lean toward under natural nail. Being very concerned, I went in to my salon last week and had all the acrylic nails removed. I no longer see the "black dirt". However, all my nails are a real mess. Although my nails look fairly normal (as far as color and thickness) there seems to be some seperation from the nail bed at the tips of most of my nails. The tip lines (where skin and nail meet) are all jagged and uneven... each nail having a differant depth in seperation. I would certainly expect them to be scarred, thin, and brittle for some time. But, never expected this much damage. Is it possible for this to occur due to just the removal removal process, especially since it was done twice in a little over a one month period? The nails are only slightly sore, I assume from the removal. I did not notice any of this seperation on any of the nails when they were removed for new ones one month ago. I am absolutley horrified at the possibility of having a nail infection or fungus. Of course, the salon owner assured me that it is not and that my nails would be fine... after a break from the acrylics. What could be wrong? And, what is the chance this could be an infection or fungus? And if it is, can it have progressed so rapidly? Honestly, this is keeping me awake at night...
Last edited by Warmfuzzee; 10-15-2007 at 10:18 PM.