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Child has fingernails detaching from nailbed. Could this be due to falling?

My son is 5 yrs old male and weighs 35 kg. He fell to the floor on june 21. After 3 days, there came skin rashes which started on his arms and spread all over his body unevenly. After a week, the rashes disappeared, but the skin in his finger tips started to peel off. And it went through for about 1 week. On July 21, through xray , he was found to have fractured elbow due to his falling on june 21, and was suggested to undergo surgery. But there came another problem. I noticed that his fingernails were beginning to detach from the nailbed. Could the problem in his nails (fingernails and toenails) be an effect of his falling? Would it be safe for him to undergo surgery with this problem in his nails? I can t help but to think that all these diseases were associated with his falling. Thank you.
Asked On : Wed, 15 Aug 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your query,
The detachment of nails and the peeling of finger tips skin is not due to the effect of fall.
The detachment of finger and toenails is called onycholysis and it is due to chronic exposure to moisture, psoriasis, fungal infection, contact dermatitis, porphyria and due to some drugs.
The fitness for surgery will be decided by your Pediatrician and orthopedic surgeon by examining your child and doing relevant investigations.
Consult your Pediatrician or Dermatologist to evaluate for the causes of this condition and its management.
Hope i have answered your query.
Answered: Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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