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What is Onychomadesis? Learn more about this condition


Onychomadesis is the complete shedding of the nail plate from the nail bed due to severe toxicity to the nail matrix. It is the periodic shedding of toenail, in whole or part. This condition can make toenails sensitive. However, toenails will recover and regrow. It can also occur in children of all ages including neonates.

Moreover, onychomadesis has been associated with infection, autoimmune disease, critical illness and medications. It can be considered as a severe form of Beau’s line. Beau lines appear as transverse grooves of various depth; onychomadesis as a full-thickness transverse groove of the proximal nail plate.

Causes of Onychomadesis

  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Trauma
  • Meningitis
  • Fever
  • Hand foot and mouth disease
  • Chemotherapy
  • Syphilis
  • Pemphigus Vulgaris
  • Fitting footwear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Adverse reaction to medication

Onychomadesis typically is mild as well as self-limited. There is no specific treatment, but a conservative approach to management is recommended with treatment of any underlying causes and supportive care. Spontaneous nail regrowth usually occurs within 12 weeks and may also occur faster in children.

Are you suffering from this condition? One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatment options are best to get you back on track.
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