How is onycholysis prevented?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Melanie S Hecker, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Patients with onycholysis should avoid contact irritants, trauma, and moisture.

Keep nail beds dry.

Keep nails short; clip affected portions.

Wear light cotton gloves under vinyl gloves for wet work.

Docetaxel-induced onycholysis may be prevented by wearing a frozen glove for 90 minutes during infusion of the chemotherapeutic agent. [18, 19]


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