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Why do my toenails keep falling looks like I've run a marathon. There's a small nail bed left behind, and the nail seems to lift right off and be attached only at the cuticle where it grows from....HELP~! I've lost 3 toenails in less than 7 days!!

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replied June 17th, 2008
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According to your description you might be experiencing onycholysis or onychomadesis.
Onycholysis is a loosening of the exposed portion of the nail from the nail bed, usually beginning at the free edge and continuing to the lunula. It is frequently associated with an internal disorder, trauma, infection, nail fungi, allergy to nail enhancement products or side effects of drugs.

Onychomadesis is the separation of a nail from the nail bed. Common causes include a localized infection, minor injury to the matrix bed, or severe systemic illness. It is sometimes a side effect of chemotherapy or x-ray treatments for cancer. A new nail plate will form once the cause of the disease is removed.

You may want to consult a dermatologist about your nail problem.

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