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Old 08-03-2002, 02:08 PM   #1
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lifting and white growing under fingernails

Hi there,

I have had this problem since Nov of 2001. It started with my nail on my middle finger getting a little white underneath the fingernail. I thought I had a splinter in it or something so I didn't think much of it. After a week I noticed that the white area was growing. Since then I have been to two dermatologists and they both said that it is not fungus. Since it is not fungus there is absolutely nothing they can do. They cannot even tell me what it is or what is causing it. I now have it on seven nails. I use fungus treatment on them that keep the nail from completely lifting away from the skin and it is working, but not good enough. My nails are unsightly if not polished and I am afraid of losing them.

Is there anyone out there that has the same problem? If so, what did you use to get rid of it?

Thanks,

Sheila

 
Old 08-03-2002, 06:09 PM   #2
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Re: lifting and white growing under fingernails

I cant imagine them to be anything serious. As a matter of fact, they could be cause because of the way youre been eating. I get white spots on my nails every once in a while, its nothing to worry about... But if youre body isnt getting the proper nutrients that could possible be why. Eat lots of veggies, and fruits, see if it helps.. and give it time.
Hope that helps,
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Old 08-03-2002, 11:32 PM   #3
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Re: lifting and white growing under fingernails

There can be one of several reasons why your nail plate is lifting, and one of them is a yeast infection (candida). White superficial fungal infections are just as 'contageous' as the type that turns the nail plate thick and is evidenced by debris between the plate and the nail bed. Both types will make the nail plate lift from the nail bed (onycholysis). Since candida is a 'yeast' type nfection and not a true 'fungus' infection, it is actually easier to treat. You can get some monostat 7 and apply it underneath your nails twice a day. It will take a while to kill the infection - maybe up to 6 months, but it will work. (Yes, it is the same type of 'yeast' that causes a yeast infection in females.)

There is absolutely NO WAY that the doctor can say it is not a fungus infection unless he takes a scraping of the debris from the lifted area of the nail and grows a culture in a petri dish. If the doctor just looked at the nail and said it wasn't fungus, he did not perform a proper diagnosis. Try visiting a dermatologist rather than your regular MD - dermatologists are more highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nail diseases and disorders, and are more likely to give a proper diagnosis and prescription.

Type "white superficial fungus" or 'candida" into your search browser and you will find more information on the infection.

Leuconychia is white spots ON the nail plate that are caused by slight trauma to the matrix, but this does not cause lifting of the nail plate. This is what the other girl was referring to.<p>[This message has been edited by Marti (edited 08-04-2002).]

 
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Old 08-05-2002, 07:52 PM   #4
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Re: lifting and white growing under fingernails

Thank you so much for the info. I went to the dermatologist after the regular MD and both told me that it wasn't fungus. It is weird, it is lifting, but then on the other hand it gets thick skin on the one side. I will try the monistate and see how that works.

Thanks again.

Sheila

 
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Re: lifting and white growing under fingernails

Is it any wonder why we continue to be plagued with nail diseases/disorders when the Doctors don't completely do their job? The ONLY way to tell if there are NO fungal spores present is to take a scraping from under the nail and grow a culture in a petri dish! NO ONE can tell simply by looking!

There are different strains of fungus, and candida is classified under that, even though it is a yeast infection. Try the monostat, but you must apply it twice a day for a long time - possibly 6 months or more.

 
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