• finger nails

    Asked by jgoat01 on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    finger nails

    I know this is really minute compared to all of the other side effects, but is anyone having a hard time with their nails? Almost all mine turned black during chemo and were so sore, now that I'm done w chemo they have cleared up in color but are breaking off below the quick and driving me nuts. Any advice?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Mine were dry, cracked and sore during chemo and one toenail just fell off, with no warning or anything. I am 8 months out from chemo and they are still drier than they used to be and break a little more easily but they are definitely getting better.
      As with everything cancer related, patience is key...it gets better. In the meantime, I found that using a really good cuticle oil (I used Deborah Lippman) on the cuticles and nails helped with the dryness and breaking.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I am attaching a link from www.chemocare.com. It is free to join and on this site you can learn about your treatments. It also has a tab called "Managing Side Effects." The link I am attaching is under that tab. It is under the letter N with the heading of Nail Changes. I hope this helps you, Carm RN.


      over 3 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Your question and the topic of nail changes from chemotherapy helped inspire a blog article.

      What's happening to my nails? - Nail Changes from Chemo

      This article shares solutions from WhatNexters and related questions others have asked on the site; perhaps you will find it helpful.


      about 3 years ago

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