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Posted by Marti
on November 26, 2000 at 10:47:52:
In Reply to: Fingernails separating posted by Stacey on November 25, 2000 at 19:09:36:
: My sister-in-law's nails look grayish and are separating from her fingers. She's been to a dermatologist and he had no idea what's causing it. Maybe he's just not a good doctor. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Of all the nail disorders I have seen, I haven't seen or heard of one where the nail palte appears grayish in color. Generally, whenever the nail plate lifts from the nail bed, some type of fungus or bacterium is present. Did the dermatologist take a scraping from underneath the nail plate? This is the only way to determine the type of infection. The dermatologist will grow a culture and see what type of fungus is evident, then prescribe the proper treatment. She could also be experiencing a lack of proper circulation in the fingertips which would result in a blueish or grayish coloration of the plate. If the nail bed is not receiving enough blood and nutrients, the plate will lift as well. I wish I had more information for you than this!
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