You may bump or catch an artificial nail, jar it loose from your
natural nail, and create a gap between the artificial nail and the natural
nail. When this happens, dirt and moisture can get in the gap. A bacterial
skin infection or
fungal nail infection can develop if the artificial
nail is reglued before you clean the gap.
Try home treatment for problems with artificial nails.
Remove the nail. Do not put on another one if:
You suspect an infection or an allergic
reaction to the artificial nail.
Your natural nail separates from
the nail bed while you are wearing an artificial nail. The artificial nail may
catch and tear the nail bed if you leave it on.
Clean the space between the two nails if an
artificial nail has separated from your natural nail and you do not suspect an
infection. Dip your fingertip into rubbing alcohol for about 15 seconds before
reattaching the artificial nail.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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