Prized by women to conceal a fad or to bring a touch of femininity additional, artificial nails can be dangerous if you make improper use. What are the risks associated with these devices?
Types of false nails
Three types are mainly used.
- The plastic caps are sold in pharmacies and supermarkets are fixed using a very strong glue.
- False sculptured nails are made of acrylic resin that is molded onto the natural nail.
- The UV gel nails, which are experiencing growing popularity in recent years.
Warning by filing the nail!
To apply false nails, you should file or do filing, slightly above the natural nail. This step thins the surface, but makes it more fragile. Thus its strength is weakened, which favors the penetration of toxic chemicals used to make nails or glue resin plastic capsules. More nails are filed initially, the greater the danger increases. Using sanders, favored by some beauty salons, would be avoided, according to dermatologists.
The detachment of the nail
The skin specialists agree to warn users against the aggressive chemicals used. During prolonged use, false nails promote peeling natural nails, especially if the user is used as a lever (to open a box, for example). Over the nail, the longer the risks are heightened.
Who says false nails, said use of volatile toxic. However, the scientific literature reports of poisoning from glue sniffing some clients and beauticians.
The effects resemble those of intoxication with alcohol, which in severe cases can lead to psychological disorders, blood, liver, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
Frequent inhalation may also increase the risk of developing asthma or lung cancer.
False nails and eczema
Research has shown that manicure acrylic base, including false nails, sometimes cause contact dermatitis. It is primarily an allergy can develop at your fingertips, but also in other parts of the body that are found in contact with the infected area.
Generally, eczema appears between 48 and 96 hours after application of artificial nails. The nail polishes are sometimes responsible for this phenomenon. The user can also develop contact dermatitis characterized by red rashes, blisters, itching, or skin burns.
Risk of fungal infection
For some, natural nails sometimes become yellow, brown or green due to infection. This is due to a fungus that feeds on keratin, the hard substance of the nail. Once weakened by the resin or adhesive, the nail is less resistant.
Onychomycosis is highly contagious and easily attack other parts of the body, skin and hair, for example, and even lead to desensitization of Extremities. The fungus can also infect your loved ones.
Processing complex, can take four to 18 months, depending on the severity and / or nail reached.
Another type of infection, Pseudomonas, may also develop under the false nail. It is characterized by a greenish color. Stagnant water is generally responsible. However, this type of infection can also be observed in natural nails, often long.
False nails and cancer
The medical literature reports at least two cases of skin cancer directly related to the false nails, Great Britain.
It seems that the use of UV to cure the gel nails is responsible for the appearance of this disease. One of the victims, healthy, developed cancer after eight sessions in a year while the other, seven years his senior, experienced complications after 360 sessions.
If oncologists are reluctant to make a link between these two cases and false nails, they nevertheless recommend regular review of hands to detect any suspicious lesions.
Health services are also reports of deaths indirectly related to the false nails. In Canada, nurses have developed nosocomial infections worsened, causing the death of people. However, it is a rare phenomenon.
False nails and aesthetics
As we have seen above, the false nails often leads to complications. Once removed, these devices often leave natural nails in a pitiful state. Sometimes they disappear completely. And it takes months to redo the nail. The user would therefore like to ask for new concealed damage, thus increasing health risks.
If you still want to put fake nails, opt for beauty salons renowned and keep them as short as possible, a week at most. Specialists who work there will be able to advise you on the type of nail to use and the best ways to prevent complications.