so a couple of weeks ago i noticed one of my nail beds looking a little weird. it was right at the cuticle, and it was kind of soft and seemed to be peeling. didn’t think much of it… til i started noticing my other nails doing the same. i told D about it and his toe was undergoing the same peeling.
he, on the other hand, recalled hurting that particular toe this summer and knew that the damage from that incident was causing this nail bed damage. i could not recall an injury affecting most of my fingers and my big toe. i was starting to get a little worried and i looked it up online, as i do with everything. i got results like nail fungus, nail bed damage from some type of blunt force trauma, other random causes that just didn’t really apply to me…
and then D was like “hey, what if its part of that hand rash thing you had?” i looked that up and found that a lot of adults that experienced hand, foot and mouth disease, also experienced this weird nail bed damage which caused their nails to start peeling off from the cuticle. booooooooo. but yeah for figuring out why it was happening anyway.
it kind of sucks, some of the nails are peeling more than others and I’ve been trying to buff and file them down to be flatter, and then paint them so the peeling sharp edges don’t catch on things.. but its not working out as smoothly as i anticipated. i’ve cut all my nails down to pretty short length cause the more advanced stage peeling nails also hurt when you press them too hard. i can see there’s another nail growing underneath but the top damaged nail isn’t quite ready to go yet so i’ll just sit and wait with my short nails for now. in the meantime it has required me to keep my nails consistently freshly painted, which is kind of nice. 🙂
in case you were wondering what they looked like? see below. if not look away LOOK AWAY !
not pictured are my thumbs, and my big toe which are also suffering from this stuff. but like i said, at least it makes me keep them freshly painted which makes me feel kind of fancy lol.