Onycholysis: A painful nail that comes off, how to treat?

Onycholysis: Een pijnlijke nagel die loslaat, hoe te behandelen?

One of the most distressing nail problems is onycholysis. This is when the nail begins to separate from the cuticle, which can result in a distressing, painful situation. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent or treat onycholysis.

What is Onycholysis?

Onycholysis is a condition where the nail separates from the cuticle. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including nail damage, fungal infections, psoriasis, or trauma. In some cases, onycholysis is simply the result of poor blood circulation in the toes.

Symptoms of onycholysis

The main symptom of onycholysis is the loose nail. Sometimes there may also be other symptoms, such as:

  • Pain or swelling around the nail
  • Redness or inflammation
  • Fungal growth on or under the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

How to treat onycholysis

Fortunately, there are several ways to treat onycholysis. Below are some steps you can take to re-establish the nail and prevent the condition from getting worse:

  • Avoid nail damage: Try not to damage your nails by cutting or pulling nails, for example. Wearing too tight shoes or hard materials can also damage the nail.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry: Make sure to wash your feet regularly and keep them dry to prevent bacteria or fungi from settling on your nails.
  • Use antifungal medicines: If you have a yeast infection, you can use antifungal medicines to treat the infection.
  • Consulting a doctor: If you think you have onycholysis, you should see a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.


Onycholysis is a troubling condition, but luckily there are ways to treat it. Following these steps will help re-establish your nail while also preventing the condition from getting worse. It is important to take prompt action if you suspect you have onycholysis so that you can receive the best treatment and return your nail to health.

Remember that regular care of your feet and nails plays an important role in preventing onycholysis and other nail problems.

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