• fingernails

    Asked by mztee on Wednesday, February 19, 2014


    About the nail topic... I want to know if anyone fingernails fall off... my nails are so loose I wonder if there's a physician that can actually take them off since they are loose already?

    19 Answers from the Community

    19 answers
    • pugmom's Avatar

      My toenails came off. I used to put band-aids on them loosely so they wouldn't get caught in my socks. Not so fond memories, but that was 3 years ago and they ate all grown back!

      over 6 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      My toe nails got loose and I thought I was going to lose the little one but I didn't. It has been 2 years now -- and they are fine -- back to natural color, etc. I wish you the best.

      over 6 years ago
    • Bb31565's Avatar

      My nails on one hand are loose but I do a bi weekly mani and they have grown out....only one chemo to go. I find that because I had the red/chemo burns on my hands it caused it but then that didn't explain the black bruised looking nail on other hand and foot. Oncology office said they may or may not fall out so I did the best I could to keep them. A girl loves her mani ( since I don't have hair to fix it is all I had left to worry with!!!!)

      over 6 years ago
    • Carol1286's Avatar

      My left great toenail wants to fall off. It's black. I keep trimming it. Six fingernails are very loose and black. I get manicures every two or three weeks and have colored polish put on to cover the nails up. My doctor said this was ok, do I'll continue to do it. It also makes me feel pretty and happy.

      over 6 years ago
    • QueenB's Avatar

      My fingernails and toenails didn't fall out but turned black at the beds and a little more. My big toes are the darkest. Finished chemo almost four months ago and my toenails are still dark. Now my fingernails are almost clear but still brittle. They kept chipping so I keep them very short.

      over 6 years ago
    • SandraK's Avatar

      Well, it looks like, so far, that no one went to a doctor to remove them. I would think that a doctor could since if you have some infection issues, like a fungus or something, they sometimes remove them for that. My niece had to have a toenail removed at the doctor's office. Call your oncol office and ask. So far I have one thumbnail that's sore. Three more chemo's to go, one this week. Good luck!

      over 6 years ago
    • Misty's Avatar

      I lost both toenails and fingernails, toenails first. I kept them trimmed as they came loose from the nail bed and that helped quite a bit.

      When my nails grew out they were full of ridges that I thought I'd have to live with. Someone here suggested a biotin supplement. I bought "Hair Skin & Nails" about 2 months ago and my nails are in better shape than they've been in for years. I wish I'd known about this product early on as I'm sure my nails would have been back to normal a lot sooner. A plus with this is it will help your hair grow faster.

      over 6 years ago
    • Declan's Avatar

      All of my fingernails and toenails came off. They turned kind of a greenish black first. Once they got really loose they just kind of popped off. I know that sounds really gross but It really did not hurt and I think if you tried to take them off before they were ready they would have been more tender underneath. They all grew back and look pretty normal now.

      over 6 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      My toenails fell off. A podiatrist can lift them off if it's uncomfortable for you. Several months later the small toenails grew back, one big toenail is 1/2-way normal and the other is being stubborn in growing out. I think it's slow because of neuropathy - and I'm getting infrared treatments for that (which seem to be helping with neuropathy).

      over 6 years ago
    • Griffin's Avatar

      My fingernails and toenails were loose and turned black, but never fell off.

      over 6 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      The only fingernail I actually lost was on the finger I managed to shut into a garage door (called that finger Mr Smashee for a while). Man - that was painful and horrible….

      All the other fingernails got lose… but they never did come off. My fingernails seemed lose to about half-way between the tip and the cuticle. But the looseness never went all the way tot he cuticle. Took quite a while for them to return to normal, and that was a strange strange experience. I did try to keep them trimmed, and I tried to keep my hands super clean… But otherwise, I did nothing…

      My fingernails totally look normal to me now. Mr Smashee looks a little bit different in shape, but … well… Mr Smashee had a traumatic experience! I think that nail would look this way regardless of chemo…

      I hope that helps.

      Definitely talk to your health care team about your nails - especially if they are bugging the crap out of you. They should be able to help you figure out what to do. The chemo nurses in particular are likely to have some good idea.

      over 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      We have a post on the blog page here about finger/toenail problems that will offer a bit of help too. https://www.whatnext.com/content/blog/posts/what-s-happening-to-my-nails-nail-changes-from-chemo

      over 6 years ago
    • gsbasset's Avatar

      My fingernail and toenail cuticles receded to about midway each nail. The nails became brittle and chipped or tore at the slightest insult. It took a year after Chemo for them to grow back to normal. Was lucky, never lost any.

      over 6 years ago
    • marycamp's Avatar

      my nails fell off on their own and new ones were already growing under them. Good luck

      over 6 years ago
    • TaraMac's Avatar

      The nails are not as hard as they use to be. They have gotten dark and toe nails also.Once the treatments are over after a while they will get back to normal.

      over 6 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar

      I lost toe nails but they are growing back. I have two finger nails that are loose and I am hoping I don't loose them. I am keeping them trimmed short. You are not alone!

      over 6 years ago
    • mtdreamaker's Avatar

      I have been on chemo #5FU for almost a year and I put coconut oik on my fingernails roughly 3-5 times a day. They look normal. Praise God!

      over 6 years ago
    • mztee's Avatar

      I just want to say thank all of yall for the feedback experiences yall been going threw with this nails situation we having... :)

      over 6 years ago
    • Naluh's Avatar

      Yes, that's one of the chemo side effects a lot of doctors forget to let us know. I was lucky I had a great mentor that informed me about it and I could discuss this issue with my doctor.
      She advised me to use a tiny drop of TEA TREE OIL on every nail once a day. The oil is the best natural antiseptic and so thin that penetrates through the nail's cell.
      It did the deal! My finger nails kept they're strength and my toenails, even after been
      lose, they kind of "glue" back in site.
      Some patients only have this side effect (falling nails) a year or 2 after finishing chemo. So, keep treating them with tea tree oil!
      BTW, for those with lymph edema: keep a tiny bottle of tea tree oil in your purse in case you scratch yourself. Again, apply a tiny drop once or twice a day and you'll have no infection att all!

      over 6 years ago

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