I think I have the same problem

by Marlene
(Komatipoort, South Africa)

Hi,

I think I have the same problem, although mine comes back every 2 weeks when I do nails.

My fingers gets swollen and very itchy, but there is no puss and my cuticles does not move away from my nails/fingers.

I have been to the doctor several times and each time he gives me the same ointment, which you have to use for 5 days and antibiotics also for 5 days. It takes about a week before the swelling and redness disappears and my fingers go back to normal.

Every time I've had this, it is on different places on my hands, but only after doing my nails.

I have tried using only gel and then only acrylics but it always happens. I am writing to you as I hope someone will read this who knows exactly what this is and how to help.

I mean, is this an allergy, or infection or does the product just burn you? Will I never be able to do my nails again?

I have tried gloves and creams to prevent this from happening as I am a nail tech but I am on the point of giving up on my dream. If anybody would like to comment, please email me on mlr@live.co.za All comments will be apreciated!!!

Good luck to you and your infection!

Regards,
Marlene

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by: Tracy

Hi Marlene

I think it could be one of two things, or a combination of both.

I suspect that a person's cuticles get agitated from all the filing and from the harsh chemicals.

Another reason could be infection due to open spots caused by filing. The bacteria may get in there. This though is unlikely in your case (with you being a nail tech and all), since I'm sure you sanitize your files.

Do you suffer from eczema at all?

I have finally stopped using acrylic after this episode and have decided to grow my own nails. I noticed that my thumb nails were lifting further away from the cuticles on the sides of the nail.

I have come to the conclusion that its not healthy to keep putting stuff (acrylic and gel) on a persons nails, unless it is an occasional thing. But, your nails need time to "breathe". It cant be good to have them covered up all the time.

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