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Old 10-25-2002, 08:57 AM   #1
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Post Allergy to acrylic nails

Has anyone ever reacted to the glue or some resin product in the acrylic nails. I have tried the ones at the salons and ones you apply yourself with the nail glue. Within 24 hrs., I have severe itching around the cuticles that spreads up the fingers and hands. The cuticles blister and have raised areas like severe poison ivy.

The same reaction happens with dental fillings, crows, etc. so the chemical must be the same. If someone has this allergy and knows which chemical, I'd like to hear what it is.

The nails are avoidable but not the dental work unfortunately....Thanks!

 
Old 10-26-2002, 07:36 AM   #2
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I have a friend that is allergic to the regular formula of acrylic nails, but she has no trouble with the odorless kind. It may also be that the salon that you are going to for the acrylic nails is using the stuff that is made for dentistry(MMA)(which has been illegal since 1974, but is so cheap that people keep using it!) Good Luck!!!! I hope you can find something that works!!

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Dental acrylic is deleterious to the nails and can cause severe allergic reaction in individuals already sensitive to MMA (methyl methacrylate). Today's acrylic products are made mostly with EMA (ethyl methacrylate) which is less sensitizing than MMA, although I will say that once allergic to 'acrylic', we are allergic for life. All nail products contain some sort of acrylate - even nail adhesive and wrap resins.

For more information on artifical nail enhancements and allergic reactions, please visit my website [url="http://www.hooked-on-nails.com"]www.hooked-on-nails.com[/url] (link approved by moderator 1)

 
Old 03-19-2005, 09:09 AM   #4
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Re: Allergy to acrylic nails

ive used home done kits and had my nails done at salons. i used to get my nails done every 2 weeks for about a year with no problems. but one time a last summer i did them with the same brand kit id used before and my cuticles got puss under them. i had little itchy bumps all over my fingers and all.. you would think i wouldnt use it again but i did a few more times... same thing slightly worse each time. well i was messing with acrylic and i spilled some on my leg. my leg broke out with red itchy bumps it was very painfull and swollen. it spread from one thigh to the other and up and down my legs. it got on my arm and spread all down my wrist from my elbow and up my upper arm. the skin on my fingers feels waxy... is there anything any of you know about treating this reaction, what causes it (because dried acrylic doesnt bother me but liquid does.), my fingers swell slightly if i use normal nail polish aswell. and um anything to help the pain? anysuggestions are appresiated

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Re: Allergy to acrylic nails

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ive used home done kits and had my nails done at salons. i used to get my nails done every 2 weeks for about a year with no problems. but one time a last summer i did them with the same brand kit id used before and my cuticles got puss under them. i had little itchy bumps all over my fingers and all.. you would think i wouldnt use it again but i did a few more times... same thing slightly worse each time. well i was messing with acrylic and i spilled some on my leg. my leg broke out with red itchy bumps it was very painfull and swollen. it spread from one thigh to the other and up and down my legs. it got on my arm and spread all down my wrist from my elbow and up my upper arm. the skin on my fingers feels waxy... is there anything any of you know about treating this reaction, what causes it (because dried acrylic doesnt bother me but liquid does.), my fingers swell slightly if i use normal nail polish aswell. and um anything to help the pain? anysuggestions are appresiated

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Girl, you are severly allergic TO ANYTHING THAT CONTAINS ACRYLIC (acrylates). Do not sand I repeat DO NOT attempt to use any type of artificial nail product on you rnails again. Once we are allergic, we are allergic for LIFE.

Allergic reaction happens after repeated and prolonged skin contact to an allergen, and in your case, it is acrylates. Acrylates are found in all instant glues, including those for fingernails, wood, metal and fabric (super glue, etc.). Acrylates are found in ALL artificial nail products, including liquid & powder acrylic, gel acrylic and wrap resins.

Once you experience an allergic reaxtion, it wil only get worse with each exposure. You will have to remove the nails and DO NOT reapply. If you continue to do so, your entire nail plate can permanently lift (separate) from the nail bed, and it may never reattach.

You need to tell your dentist that you are allergic to acrylic in both liquid and gel form. Dentists usually use gel acrylic (which is cured with a UV light) to fill teeth. Your dentist may have to resort to metal fillings if he just needs to fill a tooth. He can still use acrylic to form a crown or cap because this is always cured to its hardened form before it is cemented into your mouth.

Since acrylic liquids are considered volatile (they evaporate in the air), you may also experience an allergic reaction through 'smell' because if yu can smell it, it can touch your skin. If you even go into a nail salon and nail dust touches your skin, you can experience an allergic reaaction because newly applied acrylic (dust) contains uncured monomers (liquid) that can cause reaction if it touches you anywhere.

Please visit my website and read the pages on 'preventing overexposure" and "allergic reaction"; www.hooked-on-nails.com (link approved by Moderator 1). It will give you a lot of insight.

As for experiencing allergic reaction to nail polish, you may also be allergic to formaldehyde, which is found in all nail polishs, including base and topcoats. If you are allergic to formaldehyde, you can be allergic to as little as one part per million parts of air. What I am saying is that you are experiencing an ACUTE reaction and need to remove yur artificial nails, do not reapply them, and stay out of salons - this includes doing yur own nails at home.

 
Old 10-16-2005, 09:38 PM   #6
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Re: Allergy to acrylic nails

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Girl, you are severly allergic TO ANYTHING THAT CONTAINS ACRYLIC (acrylates). Do not sand I repeat DO NOT attempt to use any type of artificial nail product on you rnails again. Once we are allergic, we are allergic for LIFE.

Allergic reaction happens after repeated and prolonged skin contact to an allergen, and in your case, it is acrylates. Acrylates are found in all instant glues, including those for fingernails, wood, metal and fabric (super glue, etc.). Acrylates are found in ALL artificial nail products, including liquid & powder acrylic, gel acrylic and wrap resins.

Once you experience an allergic reaxtion, it wil only get worse with each exposure. You will have to remove the nails and DO NOT reapply. If you continue to do so, your entire nail plate can permanently lift (separate) from the nail bed, and it may never reattach.

You need to tell your dentist that you are allergic to acrylic in both liquid and gel form. Dentists usually use gel acrylic (which is cured with a UV light) to fill teeth. Your dentist may have to resort to metal fillings if he just needs to fill a tooth. He can still use acrylic to form a crown or cap because this is always cured to its hardened form before it is cemented into your mouth.

Since acrylic liquids are considered volatile (they evaporate in the air), you may also experience an allergic reaction through 'smell' because if yu can smell it, it can touch your skin. If you even go into a nail salon and nail dust touches your skin, you can experience an allergic reaaction because newly applied acrylic (dust) contains uncured monomers (liquid) that can cause reaction if it touches you anywhere.

Please visit my website and read the pages on 'preventing overexposure" and "allergic reaction"; www.hooked-on-nails.com (link approved by Moderator 1). It will give you a lot of insight.

As for experiencing allergic reaction to nail polish, you may also be allergic to formaldehyde, which is found in all nail polishs, including base and topcoats. If you are allergic to formaldehyde, you can be allergic to as little as one part per million parts of air. What I am saying is that you are experiencing an ACUTE reaction and need to remove yur artificial nails, do not reapply them, and stay out of salons - this includes doing yur own nails at home.
I checked out your web site, www.hooked-on-nails.com and found that you decribed my problem to the "T" along with the above responses. I was having acrylic applied every 3-4 weeks. All was good until I had this severe reaction. I went to a new salon that had just opened in my area and explained my problem. They recommended that I switch to "Silk Wrap" which was more "natural". Problem solved! Now after a year of using silk wrap I had the same reaction. Itching started about 3 hours after having nails done and lasted about a week. Went back to have fill in about 3 weeks later and reaction started about 2 hours after and still continues 2 weeks later. My nails are fine, no fungus. Area effected are cuticles up to about 2nd knuckle. If I have this type of reaction and it gets worse each time I have my nails done. I started having my nails done originally because I've always had VERY SOFT nails. They were thin and would split. What am I to do if you say "not even at home"? I'm in need of a refill soon.Thanks Darlene

 
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Re: Allergy to acrylic nails

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I checked out your web site, www.hooked-on-nails.com and found that you decribed my problem to the "T" along with the above responses. I was having acrylic applied every 3-4 weeks. All was good until I had this severe reaction. I went to a new salon that had just opened in my area and explained my problem. They recommended that I switch to "Silk Wrap" which was more "natural". Problem solved! Now after a year of using silk wrap I had the same reaction. Itching started about 3 hours after having nails done and lasted about a week. Went back to have fill in about 3 weeks later and reaction started about 2 hours after and still continues 2 weeks later. My nails are fine, no fungus. Area effected are cuticles up to about 2nd knuckle. If I have this type of reaction and it gets worse each time I have my nails done. I started having my nails done originally because I've always had VERY SOFT nails. They were thin and would split. What am I to do if you say "not even at home"? I'm in need of a refill soon.Thanks Darlene
Severe allergic reaction can result in your natural nail plate permanently separating from the nail bed. I highly suggest you have the wrap soaked off and opt for natural nail care. Once allergic, we are allergic for LIFE - and that means an allergy to artificial nail products. Since ALL artificial nail products are made with some form of acrylic, you will experience the same reaction regardless of what product you apply in the salon or what product you apply at home if you decide to try doing your own nails.

Acrylic is found in all types of wrap resins, which is the 'stuff' they glue the fabric to you rnails with. It is foundin nail glue, wrap resins, primers, liquid and powder systems, gel systems, UV gel systems, etc.

I don't think wearing artificial nails are worth the possible loss of your natural nails in your case. Soak them off and leave them natural.

 
Old 03-10-2006, 11:19 AM   #8
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Question Re: Allergy to acrylic nails

I'm going through an allergic reaction right now. Aside from obviously taking the nails off, how do I treat the symptoms of the itching, burning, puffy, blistery around the cuticles? If anyone can please list all of the things that can make these syptoms subside, I would greatly appreciate it!

 
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Re: Allergy to acrylic nails

Once you remove the product, the itching, burning, etc might take as long as a week for the symptoms to subside. There really is nothing that will make the symptoms dissappear except for complete removal of the product. If the nails are left on, the natural nail might even separate from the nail bed.

After the symptoms have subsided, DO NOT have nails reapplied, whether they are acrylic, gel or wraps. All artificial nail products are made from the same family of acrylates, so if you are allergic to one of them, you will be allergic to all of them.

After the nails have been removed, try soaking the nails in a mixture of 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar for a few minutes. Wash with soap and water, rinse well and dry thoroughly. Apply a good quality nail and cuticle oil the the nails at least twice daily. Botanical Oil is available in the nail department of Sally Beauty Supply, or try Solar Oil available in fine nail salons or in Ulta Cosmetic outlets nationwide.

 
Old 03-10-2006, 12:56 PM   #10
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Its really strange. I've been dealing with this allergic reaction from acrylic for a while so I've tried other products instead. For some reason, I do not get any reaction to the gel nails, in salon and also the home kits, or anything else. ONLY the acrylic ones. I sometimes wonder if it is just the primer that I'm allergic to. Or one of the chemicals that is in the acrylic nail process that isn't in the gel nails. Like I said, I've never had any reaction at all to the gel nails.
I had been getting my nails done at a salon for like 10 years and one day I decided to start doing my own with a product line of acrylics from Tammy Taylor. After a couple of times using this product, that is when I began getting reactions to any acrylic nails.
I know its a terrible thing, and there are many reasons not to, but I still get my nails done because the symptoms usually last about a week or two and then go away so I just deal with it. I'm a gluttun for punishment I suppose. I've never lost a nail from the nail bed or had any other issues asside from the puffy cuticle and itching and tiny microscopic blister bumps. So I wonder, if these are the only symptoms and they eventually subside, whats the harm in continuing to get nails and just deal with the discomfort for a couple of weeks?

 
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Re: Allergy to acrylic nails

See my next posting - this one didn't post correctly.

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Re: Allergy to acrylic nails

The harm is that eventually, the nail plate WILL separate from the nail bed - that is the ACUTE reaction from acrylates. ALL ACRYLIC PRODUCTS CONTAIN ACRYLIC - this includes traditional liquid and powder acrylic, gel ACRYLIC, wrap resins, nail glue and primers. The only difference between experiencing an allergic reaction to gel vs liquid and powder is it just takes a little longer for the reaction to happen, but it WILL happen.

The blisters, swelling and itching are the body's way of telling us it needs to get away from the allergen - in this case, acrylates.

Doing your own nails is is sure-fire way of aquiring an allergy much quicker than in a salon. Nail technicians are trained on the proper procedures adn the correct mix ratios. If you apply the product too wet, the excess liquid runs into the skin surrounding the nail unit as well as being absorbed through the nail plate into the nail bed. Repeated exposure WILL cause the nail plate to separate from the nail bed - sometimes permanently damaging the nail bed and even if a nail does grow forward from the cuticle, it may not grow forward firmly attached to the nail bed. this translates into permanent nail damage and ugly nails for the rest of your life.

Repeated exposure to acrylates after an allergic reaction happens can also affect other bodily functions. The acrylate can get into your blood stream and cause other internal health problems.

Artificial nails are not worth permanently damaging your natural nails or damaging your internal health in other ways.

I highly suggest soaking the nails off and opting for natural nail care.

Believe me - I have been a nail technician for nearly 37 years, I have been trained by the most knowledgable chemists in the business and if I were you, I wouldnt allow my health to be effected for the rest of my life just to wear artificial (long) nails.

For more information on overexposure and allergic reaction, please visit my website www.hooked-on-nails.com ( link approved by Moderator 1)

 
Old 02-12-2007, 10:47 PM   #13
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I understand what your all going through, I have the same problem. I been getting my nails done for years and all of a sudden this happens. well, my friend works in a nail salon so I asked her what`s going on. She told me sometimes the nail techs dont clean all there tools and sometimes the acrylic liquid is old and can cause infections. She told me to go buy my own nail file and brush, make sure the drill they use is clean. Also she told me when you get home soak your nails in salt water for 20 mintues. So I did and didn`t have a promble but I got gel nail not acrylic, im kinda scared to try acrylic...lol! Well I hope that help some of you. good luck

 
Old 02-13-2007, 05:16 AM   #14
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Re: Allergy to acrylic nails

I really hate to tell you this - gel nail products are also acrylic. They are made from the same family of acrylates as tradition liquid and powder acrylic. Gel is even more prone to giving the client an allergic reaction. Whenever any nail product touches the skin, the skin will absorb a certain amount of the chemical and the body will react by causing the skin to becme red, irritated, itchy; the nail plate can feel very hot and sometimes small blisters will develop around the cuticle and sidewalls.

ALL artificial nail products are made from the same family of acrylates and this includes traditional acrylic, gel acrylic, nail glue and wrap resins. Soaking in salt water does nothing to prevent allergic reaction or infection and will only tend to dry out the nails and the skin.

All the State Boards have written regulations concerning sanitation and disinfecing prodedures for salons. All salons are required to only use individual files on individual clients. If you can see dust on the files or on the drill bits, if the entire table is not cleaned off and disinfected between clients, if the instruments and implements are not completely emersed in a sanitizing solution for a full 10 minutes and then put into an autoclave and stored in sealed containers, then they are not following State guidelines. The end result for the client is the possibility of infection and a lawsuit for the salon should the client aquire an infection from improper procedures.

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Old 02-13-2007, 09:36 PM   #15
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well I guess everyone is different because it worked for me. I used to get thouse red itchy bump bad but I don`t anymore. The salt did help, did not dry my skin up...salt water can kill infections.

 
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