Fingernail Lifting ~ Onycholysis

Lifting fingernail ~ Onycholysis

April 25, 2010 ~ The nail on my right little finger is lifting – a condition known as Onycholysis. I think it may come from me digging my hands into peat moss and soil without wearing garden gloves. I have a pair of the really thin Nitrile gloves, and, Yes, the Nitrile gloves fit like a second skin, but I like feeling the actual soil and I’m unclear why Grandpa didn’t have to use gloves, but nowadays gloves are recommended.

In any case, my plan is to soak my little finger with the lifting nail in alcohol a few times a day and see if that kills the infection which may be causing the problem. I’ll put the alcohol into a small empty bottle from Source Naturals Methylcobalamin. Perfect size. Then hold my finger submerged in the alcohol while I watch a bit of some telly episode.

Normal fingernail on little finger, left hand

For comparison’s sake the above picture is of my normal nail on my left little finger. You can see how much longer the nail is, going to the tip of my finger and beyond. It’s attached to my fingernail bed to a point very near the tip of my finger, which the nail on my right hand is not.

Besides alcohol soaks, I’ll soak my right little finger in Epsom salts a few times weekly.

 

Onycholysis Cured ~ Little Finger right hand, fingernail no longer lifting

July, 2010 ~ Soaking my little finger in alcohol for about 20 minutes every evening while I watched telly episodes worked to get rid of the Onycholysis. I expected the alcohol to work, so I wasn’t surprised when in fact it did work. If I’d been surprised, I think I would have immediately taken on photo on the day I saw the difference, but with no “surprise alert” I didn’t immediately take a photo.

The picture showing that my nail is no longer separating from its nail bed wasn’t taken till about a year after the cure.

June 20, 2013 ~ The Onycholysis condition has not come back. Happily! Though, when I garden without using gloves I think I invite problems, so I’ve begun soaking my little finger a couple times a month in alcohol, as described above. Better safe, than sorry.

June 16, 2017 ~ I still garden without gloves most of the time. I no longer regularly soak my fingers in alcohol, and I’ve not had any fingernail lifting reoccur.

NOTE: My focus is on how our fingernails reflect our vitamin B12 health. The reason for this narrow focus is that low vitamin B12 severely impacted my life.

There are several things related to health that fingernails can tell you, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on them. Mainly you want to see them remain smooth and continue to have natural moons.

When I was living in the hydrogen sulfide from the privy pit, I had horizontal valleys in my nails, especially my thumbnails. These were quite large dips in the nails.

One very serious thing is if your nails begin to curve over the top of your finger… I learned that was a sign of heart disease, some say lung disease. This is what it looks like:

Clubbed thumb nail

Clubbed thumb nail

Pictures of Fingernails showing other health signs

Research regarding Vitamin B12

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Fingernail Lifting ~ Onycholysis
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Fingernail Lifting ~ Onycholysis
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The nail on my right little finger was lifting - a condition known as Onycholysis. Soaking my little finger in alcohol for about 20 minutes while I watched telly episodes worked to get rid of the Onycholysis within a month or two
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2 thoughts on “Fingernail Lifting ~ Onycholysis

  1. Reply fswr9c Nov 12,2013 10:25 am

    When I was living in the hydrogen sulfide from the privy pit, I had horizontal valleys in my nails, especially my thumbnails. These were quite large dips in the nails.

    hello, I believe I am suffering from the same issues on my left thumb. what did you do to cure it? the same alcohol treatment you used in your little finger? a response would be most appreciated.

  2. Reply Karen Nov 12,2013 10:45 am

    Hi, No, the two problems are very different, if I understand you correctly.

    You want to know about the horizontal valleys in my nails, because you have a dip like that in your thumbnails. Is that right?

    I found that when I was living in the hydrogen sulfide, which I didn’t know about, I couldn’t eat my favorite mustard or anything with vinegar because if I did, my ankles swelled a lot.

    The first time I noticed the valleys in my nails was when I was using a vinegar, lemon juice, tea and honey Hot Drink to end a cough, which it did nicely. It also made me sleep really well, so I continued using it well after my cough was gone. Then came the dips in my nails.

    Because vinegar is involved in both times that I had the dips in my nails, I think vinegar has to do with how well our body pH is doing, and that dips in nails may coincide with body pH being off.

    Here is a page I did on body pH. Notice that I mention vinegar after the chart. http://www.health-boundaries-bite.com/The-pH-part-of-health.html

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