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    Fingernails and tips aching?

    Asked by Mel on Monday, November 26, 2012

    Fingernails and tips aching?

    Nurse says could turn black and fall off. anyone else have or had this happen?

    16 Answers from the Community

    16 answers
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Yes, luckily, only one toenail, but it didn't even turn black. It just fell off one day. My nail beds darkened and my fingertips were sometimes painful, but luckily the fingernails never fell off, just the toe nail.

      over 8 years ago
    • mtolady's Avatar

      My big toenail turned black but has not fell off ....Fingernails are ok but have white ridges on them....last chemo was sept 11th...Doc told me this was all normal....Good luck w/yours

      over 8 years ago
    • mtolady's Avatar

      My big toenail turned black but has not fell off ....Fingernails are ok but have white ridges on them....last chemo was sept 11th...Doc told me this was all normal....Good luck w/yours

      over 8 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Just one toenail (the little one) -- split off. Nails did darken -- they split and peel - also have the white ridges.

      over 8 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      My fingernails discolored and developed ridges. About four of them broke off half way down the nail bed. For six months after chemo, they were all prone to splitting but are now starting to look healthy again. I lost my two big toenails after they discolored. Eight months since my last treatment and I am now painting all my nails again. It's a nuisance but it won't last forever.

      over 8 years ago
    • sunne's Avatar

      most of my finger nails turned black and broke easily, and luckily my nails grow fast and most of the discoloration is at the end, only the big toes turned black wish they would fall off, some of my finger nails broke off in the middle, just another irritation we deal with.
      I hope this helps to ease your mind a little, I'm about 7 months out of chemo & radiation, so it takes time.

      over 8 years ago
    • ImStillHere's Avatar

      I was certain that all my fingernails were going to fall off- they turned all different colors, all the nail beds started to rise up. The nurses said they were going to all fall off, but surprisingly, none of them did. I used three coats of nail polish when I got tired of my weird looking nails.

      over 8 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I've had 11 doses of Taxol and my fingernails have been getting an increasing number of white bands across them.  My nails are very sensitive at the tips and I fear they are a bit loose.  I have been keeping them trimmed very short and using tons of hand lotion.  My toenails seem to be fairing better.  An oncology nurse recommended wearing band aids on my fingertips to help keep the nails from separating from the the nailbeds.  You may want to ask our nurse/doctor for advice.  They have seen it all.

      over 8 years ago
    • Bellingham's Avatar

      I bought a cheap pair of gloves at the Dollar Store and would put antibiotic cream under the nails and put the gloves on to sleep. This kept the cream on and kept the hands warm. I would wake with less pain. Hope this works for you.

      over 8 years ago
    • Nellie's Avatar

      My fingernails and tips did ache also. I have the white ridges and pretty sure there is new nails pushing the old ones off. Finished chemo 10/31/12. Hang in there!!!!

      over 8 years ago
    • galiher7's Avatar

      I have the aching in my fingers and nails and I finished Chemo over a year ago. I didn't experience any nails coming off but I have talked to people that have. Some people will put up with the aching(neuropathy) the rest of their life. I also have the aching feet. Good luck to you.

      over 8 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      My nurse in the infusion room put surgical gloves on me and kept fingertips in ice during the taxotere infusion. I had zero trouble with nails as a result.

      over 8 years ago
    • tnblondee's Avatar

      My fingernails actually bled, I think the nail beds on both fingers & toes become very sensitive during this time so any injury to them that would normally not be a big deal becomes one...I didn't lose any nails however my nail beds did lift . They are finally growing out now. Good luck and just protect your little piggies :-)

      over 8 years ago
    • Jennew's Avatar

      I have finished treatments in September 2012 and I have lost 2 toenails and all my finger nails are discolored and some are black, very painful. Due to Taxol .

      over 8 years ago
    • Pamela1957's Avatar

      I had more problems with my toenails. My big toes were more affected. They turned black and lifted off. My fingernails were basically fine. Good luck.

      over 7 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.


      over 7 years ago

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