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Nail Bed Receding
Jul 29, 2008
A few days ago, I noticed that the nail bed of my right hand's middle finger was moving lower down my finger. I didn't think much of it, since it wasn't a drastic change, and I could have just been imagining it. However, in the past day or two, I noticed the nail bed was continuing to recede and it has started on several other nails.

It usually starts at the corners of my nails and moves towards the middle. The tips of some of the affected nails have also begun to look drier and one even looks as if it will start peeling soon.

I'm thinking it might be a fungus that I might have gotten during a day of kayaking last week. On the other hand, my sister says she has a fungus on one of her toes, so I could have contracted it through the use of the same nail clippers, unknowingly. The issue with this theory is that her fungus is changing the colour of her toenail whereas my fingernails haven't. Also, the last time I cut my nails was about 2 or 3 weeks ago.

I was hoping that someone could confirm or correct my suspicions and possibly give me instructions on how to deal with this. Also, my nail bed is now abnormally shaped; will it ever go back to normal?

Thanks for your time!
There are two types of nail infection that are classified as 'fungal'. True fungal infection is characterized by nailplate thickening, yellowing, separation from the nail bed and apparent debris in the area of separation. Yeast infection (Candida) is characterized by nail plate separation, no apparent debris and a fairly 'bright' white discoloration. Either way, you need to see your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. If it tests out to be Candida, they can give you a prescription for Naftin.

Never share manicure implements that have not been properly cleaned and sanitized. One sould always clean and sanitize their implements even if they do not share them with others. Debris can remainon files, and metal instruments and live in the 'skin' and nail dust that is left on the implements. Fungal spores and bacteria live in this debris and can end up infecting even healthy nails and skin.
Thank you, Marti, for your help!

However, I can't get an appointment with my dermatologist until December 10th, so would seeing my family doctor suffice? And will my nail bed will return to it's previous shape?

Thanks, again, to anyone for their time and consideration!
You can see your regular doctor, but if he is like mine, he won't know very much about nail infections and will probably recommend you see your dermatologist.
Alright, thanks again, Marti! You were wonderful help!

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