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Lichen Planus allegedly

Posted In: Finger conditions 0 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 18, 2006
  • 05:32 PM

Hi all, having had a damaged fingernail on my right index finger most of my life in my twenties I went to the doctors to see if anything could be done, as being my index finger it was easily hurt by a knock and the nail had to be kept extremely short. I was referred to a well known and respected dermatologist who wanted to perform a biopsy, he reassured me that this would not result in further damage, and more importantly this could provide them with a diagnosis, help his research and prevent further damage, although I clearly stated that the state of my nail had not changed at all over the years. A matrix biopsy was performed and months later with the state of my nail being twice as bad I returned for a consultation to be told by the same "professional" that of course this new trauma would have caused ireversible damage, (clearly forgetting that he himself had persuaded me to have the biopsy and that it would not damage the nail further!!) He casually suggested that I could have the whole nail removed, (ludicrous as its my index finger and any nail is more useful than none). He went on to tell me about another patient who uses these "new false nails" and I should look into it, thanked me for helping, as without these biopsies further research is hampered. Well clearly I understand this, but being mislead left me angry and hurt, with 3/4 of damaged nail instead of 1/4 as first presented. Being in my early twenties and the damage already having been done I went off to get on with my life, cutting my losses. Well after having trained as a nail technician in hope of dealing with this nail, I am still having trouble with it. I would dearly love to know if life as yet evolved to matrix transplants? nail transplants or if there is a product that can be safely used long term to build a strong enough working nail. I know the long term effects of acrylic on living tissue and don't want to experience it myself. However I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who wants a real solution. If this was my little finger then I'd live with it. Any genuine advice is welcome at this stage.

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