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Postby opuntia » Fri Jun 17, 2005 6:43 pm

Some people have skin peeled off [might not be the right word but i can't think of any other word to explain it]near their nails....i would like to know if this is something resulted from the kind of stuff they handle or is it just because of some other reason :!: :!: :!:
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Postby mith » Sat Jun 18, 2005 4:17 am

Do you mean like the skin is shedding off? I think the skin sheds off continuously.
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Postby opuntia » Sat Jun 18, 2005 4:36 am

No not shedding off...the raw skin gets loose near the nails[like a half peeled banana]
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Postby victor » Sat Jun 18, 2005 8:25 am

maybe it's thye same as Sir Mithrilhack said. Korpus Luteum is shedding off continusly. The difference maybe on the temperature...
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Postby mith » Sat Jun 18, 2005 8:44 pm

Is this person ripping at the fingers? Or is it naturally occuring? Also where does this person work?
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Postby Jelanen » Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:11 am

I believe the english (US) slang term is hangnail. That may help with the discussion.
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Postby Winter » Mon Jun 20, 2005 6:32 am

Hangnails are small tears or splits in the nail plate or surrounding tissue. They're really nothing more than dry skin.

To understand how they are formed you have to have a idea of the structure of a fingernail.
The surface fingernail consists of the fingernail (the clear part that one cuts), the lunula (the white oval shape at the bottom of the fingernail and where the fingernail is formed), and the cuticle (the layer of skin which forms the edge of the fingernail and lunula). Underneath the fingernail lies the nailbed and the root of the nail.

When the cuticle becomes drier it breaks, forming a hangnail.

You are more likely to get hangnails if you wash your hands in water a lot or if you bite your nails.

Occupation can affect your liklihood of getting hangnails as well. If you work in a job that dries out your hands, you will get hangnails. Paper-handlers (like letter-sorters) get the driest hands because the paper absorbs the moisture from their skin.

I hope this answers your question :wink:
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