My nails HURT!
Ok... so my nails don't really hurt I know... but when I put any sort of pressure on them at all: OUCH!!!! One nail in particular that has the problem doesn't even NEED to have pressure put on it - it just has a sharp shooting pain as I just let my hand sit there! My nails have only been hurting for the past week or two and it keeps getting worse. They look rather normal with the exception of the ones that hurt the most: most of us have little white half-circles (or something close to that) where our larger nails (thumbnail, for example) meet the skin of the finger. Mine has always had a nice curved line and a nice white shade... but in those nails that hurt the most, the line isn't quite so curved anymore and there tends to be a tad bit more whiteness (opposed to the more red colour you should see under your nail)... aside from that, everything appears TOTALLY normal. I work in a waterpark that uses a hell of a lot of chlorine and my hands and feet are in that water much of the day. My nails are under the sun all day as well with UV levels up to about 10 in recent weeks. The skin on my hands are actually peeling even while I excessively put lotion on them!! So it's obvious that if the hands and feet are very dried out and peeling, the nails must be also. I have just today begun using botanical oil with jojoba oil and Vitamin E and it makes my nails feel sorta better -- the texture I mean. The pain is still there and it's miserable too. All it takes is a little pressure and it hurts. I'm getting little brown lines on my nails also, which I realize is rather normal and goes away. My diet isn't always so hot... and my calcium intake is pretttty low. I'm wonder if anyone can tell me HOW that would affect my nails if at all?? I believe that this problem I have been experiencing cannot be only due to dryness of the nails... because I have been a lifeguard for over a year without ANY such problem. This worries me and is one really painful inconvienence!!! If any of you all know what my little problem is, please do tell!!!! I read all about nail disorders and such... but in none of the descriptions does it mention such pain and in none of the photos does it show a nail that looks totally normal!!!
~Chris <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/redface.gif">