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Re: HELP--Peeling nails due to Peeling Tomatos (ACID)

Re: HELP--Peeling nails due to Peeling Tomatos (ACID)

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Posted by Marti on November 13, 2000 at 09:39:00:

In Reply to: HELP--Peeling nails due to Peeling Tomatos (ACID) posted by Sharon on November 12, 2000 at 14:18:36:

: As a result of peeling tomatos my moms finger nails as well as the skin surrounding is peeling off due to the acid in the tomatos. Is there anything she can apply or use in order to help recitfy her problem. Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated!

This irregularity is commonly known as 'bartenders fingers' and is aggrivated by the acid in fruits (tomatoes are a fruit). Overexposure to water, fruit acids and the like can allow a bacteria to enter the nail folds, resulting in a paronychia infection of the nail folds. Paronychia infections of the nail fold can be caused by bacteria, fungi and some viruses. The proximal and lateral nail folds act as a barrier, or seal, between the nail plate and the surrounding tissue. If a tear or a break occurs in this seal, the bacterium can easily enter. This type of infection is characterized by pain, redness and swelling of the nail folds. People who have their hands in water for extended periods may develop this condition, and it is highly contagious.



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