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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes detachment of nails?

My two year old step son came home from his mothers with a detached nail on his index finger, upon observation, I had noticed his thumb nail on the opposite hand was becoming detached at the base of the the finger. Both of his big toes are also detaching at the nail bed and there appears to be mild bruising along the cuticle, the shape similar to the white crescent shape on the bottom of your thumbnail. Is this caused from trauma to the nails that a highly active two year old would be subject to or is there reason to be concerned? There is redness on the index finger where the nail has completely detached and he complains of occasional discomfort, but no other redness or pain associated with any other nail.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017
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Dermatologist 's  Response

It may be onycholysis...detachment of nail.

Kindly consult the dermatologist for the perfect diagnosis and proper treatment.

There may be some cause...trauma,malnutrition,anaemia..etc

Short course of antibiotic may be given. Apply antibiotic cream. Improve his diet. High protein diet may be given. Give him vitamin and minerals containing syrup. Take care to avoid injuries.

I hope this would help.

Dr.Ilyas Patel MD

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