February 19, 2011 3:32 AM Subscribe
Are my nails going to fall off?
posted by sockofdreams to health & fitness (6 answers total)
I have a weird nail question. Last weekend, I buffed my nails with my new buffer, no biggie, I buff them regularly, and know not to press too hard etc.
A day or so later, I noticed small white patches had appeared on most of my nails, starting from the edge and streaking back about 1-2 mm into the nail. Today I noticed that the nail bed has become dark and discolored as far in as the white patches extend.
This freaked me out -- will my nails fall off? At the same time, it seems too trivial to dash off to a doctor, especially since there is no discomfort otherwise.
Possibly relevant details: I sometimes get mild eczema on my fingers, though have none at the moment. I also have uterine fibroids, and took a blood test for iron levels recently, but the results aren't in yet. The last blood test some months ago was normal. No previous problems with my nails, though they have been quite ridgy recently. My fingers haven't caught in a car door recently or anything.
So my question: could this be something I should worry about/ keep an eye on/ pester my doctor about, or did I simply buff my nails harder than I should have and caused trauma?