my daughter miah is 4 months old for the past 3 or 4 months her 2 big toes have had this same problem her nails will grow out and it will start to look as if they are falling off and another is growing back as it falls off she went for her shots and we asked the doctor why it was doing that the doctor couldnt give me an explination said it was not sumthing she had seen before she told us to put neals**** on it and maybe cut her nails right after a bath so that they would be brittle and we didnt pull the whole nail off. we are going to ask her dctor when she goes back. everytime her nail falls off a new 1 has already grown in behind it that nurse told us that it looks as if she has 2 nails and they just keep growin in behind each other at first we thought she may have ran them over in her walker but its been happening for months now sumtimes her toes will get really red as they start to fall off but it doesnt seem to hurt her. the doctor also told us that it may be ingrown toenails im not really sure what it is bc i have never seen anything like this before and im not sure what to do about it if no1 can tell me why they keep falling off and growing back i would love to help you out but i have no clue myself of what to do. when she was born her toenails looked a little weird but they all said it was normal i didnt think so and i was right!!
I'm having a similar issue with my five year old. Five fingernails and no toenail involvement. It started as a "crack" in the base at the cutical with a small white spot around it. Within 24 hours I realized that four other fingers had the same white area and looked like they were detaching at the base. It's been two weeks now, and four of the five have come off, the fifth is half off. The doctor indicated that this can be caused by the strep virus, and hand-foot-and-mouth. We found that my son is a CARRIER for strep quite by accident about five months ago but she thinks this is too far back to have caused this to happen now. Incidently, my son also had Kawasaki when he was eleven months old. Very very scary. Just last night, while cutting my seven year olds fingernails, I noticed that three of HIS fingernails are starting to loosen at the base, and two of his toenails. Both have healthy new nail growing underneath, no pain, and otherwise very healthy. The only thing the two of them have had in common illness-wise, was a brief (24 hour) low grade fever in mid August. I think I will have to mention that at my older sons doctors appointment tomorrow, see if she thinks there is a connection. I have been all over the internet and there seems to be quite a few young children that this is happening to. There are also as many different answers as there as questions. Best of Luck !
My daughter is 3 and had hand foot and mouth sydrome about 3 weeks ago and an ear ache a week ago and i just noticed 3 of her finger nails are coming up from the the base of her nail bed. What i have seen on the internet is that with hand foot and mouth sydrome this has happened with other toddlers.
My son is 3 and he developed the hand foot mouth disease last year in September and I notice he had it again this year in May. He has had ear infection, a lymph node that was raised on one side and I took him to the pediatrician and she told me it was nothing to worry about. Since my boy is All boy and very active sometime that happens. Now reading everyone elses information about Kawasaki. I never even heard anything like it until now. My son has started to lose 1 fingernail and 2 others are starting to fall off and also on his big left toe its starting to fall off. I took him to the pediatrician today and he doesn't know what it is. He told me he was going to call a dermentologist and get back with me. I am also wondering if this has to do with HFTM disease. 3 Weeks ago I notice his feet were peeling, but not his fingers. I thought it might have been the flip flops he was wearing, but now I am thinking it might have something to do with HFTM disease. Im very concerned and what answer. If ANYONE HAS AN ANSWER PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!!
I'm so glad that I found this forum. The same thing is happening to my 5 year old boy. At the end of June he starting getting red dots all over his fingers, hands and feet. Then he got white spots in the back of his throat. The pediatrician diagnosed him with coxsackie virus (aka hand, foot & mouth virus). He only had the spots for 4 days and had a low grade fever for 2 days. Then a week after the spots disappeared, his feet starting peeling. At first I had though that it was from the chlorine water, since he went swimming alot, but it evenutally got better and I didn't think much more about it. Then 2 weeks ago, I noticed white spots on every single one of his finger nails. I thought they had do with calcium deposits, but then last week one of his fingernails starting to come away from the nail bed. I thought that he may have bruised it, but then yesterday I noticed every single one of this fingernails are coming off of their nail beds. Where the nail is coming off is a yellowish/gray color, but I can't tell yet if there is a new nail underneath. He doesn't have it on his toenails yet. I brought him to my pediatrician who said that they have never seen something like this before and I had mentioned to them about this forum and the fact that others who had coxsackie also are having the same problem. They kind of dismissed this and told me that it was probably a fungal infection and to see a dermatologist. I will see one at the end of this week. I'm upset that the pediatrician kind of dismissed what I had to say when I told them about how others who had coxsackie are expereiencing similar symptoms. Hopefully, the dermatologist can diagnose and treat this. Thanks and good luck to everyone.
Yay!!! I have to tell you all that I feel SO much better after reading this forum. I've been researching on the Internet today and tried to call my pediatrician (out of town until next week) trying to find out why my 3-year-old's fingernails have been falling off.
I'm so relieved to read that many of your children had Hand, Foot and Mouth disease as well. My daughter had it last month (fever, sore throat, rash) and recovered well. Two weeks ago her skin started peeling off of her feet and just in the last week she has lost two fingernails.
I will still be calling my pediatrician when he comes back on Monday, but I feel very confident now that this is all related to the Hand, Foot and Mouth.
Thank you so much for sharing your stories!
My 2 year old and 5 year old girls are experiencing the same thing. They had hand, foot, mouth disease last month. Fever and rash on the bottom of feet and palms of their hands. Once the rash cleared, their skin started peeling off of their feet and hands. A couple of days ago I noticed that my 2 year old had what looked like an injured toenail. Crack at the base and white above it. It lifts a little when pried. Then I noticed it on two of her fingers. Tonight my 5 year old showed me that she had the same thing on at least 3 of her nails. (the 2 year old broke out in HFMD 2 days before my 5 year old). I have read online that this can be a complication of HFMD. I will call our pediatrician just in case.
OMG I am also glad i read this my son back in July had coxsackie there has been an outbreak in my area/state... (NY)... well about four weeks ago probably about two weeks after he was diagnosed with coxsackie I noticed his nails peeling on a few fingers from the bed and also his toenail on at least one is peeling and discolored. I called his doctor and he told me it can be from the coxsackie but then I told him but that was over a couple of weeks he said maybe not but after reading all these outcomes I am now convinced that it was from his Coxsackie I just hope it gets better soon hate seeing my 2 1/2 yr like that one nail actually peeled today and is hurting him that he will not let me even cut it off since it now looks like a hang nail.
same thing here.my son is 5 yrs old. started off with a small chip at the cuticle of each thumb..and now all his fingernails seem to be doing the same. he already lost both thumb nails last week and the others will more than likely do the same. new healthy nails are underneath and he just got over hand foot mouth disease about 2 months ago.
Hey guys! I understand you guys are very concerned about your children. Here's what I have learned after my 10 month old daughter gave it to ME.
We both initially got a really bad unexplainable fever followed by a cough; being that she is so young she didn't cover her mouth so she passed it along to me. I took her to the doctor and they did a load of tests and nothing came up she only had a few bumps on her heels and almost seemed as if her tongue was irritated. then the bumps appeared on my hands, feet, and the back of my tongue; making it hard to hold anything ,painful to walk, and impossible to taste anything. I had a few of these "bumps" on my nail bed and didn't realize that my daughter must have had them on her nails too.. who looks at the nail bed that closely?
When the virus clears up the "bumps" peel almost as if the skin underneath dies and you're left with pretty deep holes; losing all surface skin. The same thing goes for the nails except there seems to be a new nail growing out underneath. I also, am still in the process of losing five of my nails three on one hand two on the other. I have to nail glue down the nail because there is literally a tiny piece of nail keeping it attached but just enough to not be able to rip it of with out causing some damage. It has also changed the shape of one of my nails for now I almost have a pistachio shell shaped pointer nail. My daughter only lost one nail and had negligible peeling on her heals. She got off easy thank God. We will see but don't freak ; if the Dr. has never seen much, if any cases of Cocksakies (HFMD) then he may not be aware (we can't all be walking encyclopedias). So just watch it.
For the woman who said that they keep falling off and growing back I'd talk to the Dr. to see if they can get you to a dermatologist.
My 7 yr old just noticed the same thong on three of her fingernails. As a doctor myself, I never saw this or remember studying it in medical school. My kids all had the coxsackie virus roughly 6 weeks ago as well. This should be a documented case study!
I'm glad to know so many others are experiencing this and it's nothing too alarming. Will call her pediatrician tomorrow.
My 15 yr old daughter also had what we thought was a nasty cold, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose ect...she also had a rash on her hands and feet. It was sort of like a dermatitis kind of rash, but it did not itch. There was no swelling that we could see, but she said her hands and feet kind of ached. She also had one spot on her let, that sort of looked like a pimple. I took her to the doctors mainly to check for strep, and because of the rash. The doctor tested for strep, and it was negative, he ruled out poision ivy, ect, and said it was just a cold, and gave her a cream for the spot on her leg. All in all he wasnt sure about the rash. About 3 weeks later, my daughters hands and feet were peeling from the rash, and she said at least 3 nails on each hand were comming off. The nail were lifting off from the base of the finger nail, where the new nails were growing out. I took her back to the doctor, he said he had never seen this before, but was not worried, and thought it was some kind of virus and to let it take its course, and call if it happens again! In the mean time, my son was also sick with what he thought was strep, and he had a rash on his hands. Again strep was ruled out, and the rash resembled exactly what my daughter had, but did not itch. He had no rash on his feet. His hands after a few weeks also started to peel, and he is also losing his fingernails, and a couple of toe nails! I just found out my oldest daughters boyfriend has the same thing, same symptoms, and he is also losing fingernails, and toenails!!! I am getting worried that there is something more serious going around, and the doctors are not concerned enough about this! I have an auto-immune disease and am really worried on what it will do if I get it! I dont know if anyone here can tell me something more about this, are there any other people with the same symptoms!!
Both my sons are having the similiar symptoms of their nails falling off just after 2-3 weeks they had HFMD. However, it seems that not all kids with HFMD will have their nails fell off.
Does anyone know whether the symptoms is caused by any specific virus or not?
I notice a few weeks ago that my daughters nail seemed to have lifted at the cuticle, but upon closer examining it found it was no pain to her, and a new nail was growing healthy underneath. the same hapend with her midde finger and and now a few toesnails on each foot. I didnt even think of this until i just read it on one of these forums, but her feet also peeled as metionded above. it was like someone put elmers glue on her feet and let it dry... and it peeled off. weird. i dont know anythink about HFMD but i am gong to look into it. Her 4 yr apt is coming up and i will def ask!
Thank you so much for the reassurance! My story is very similar to all of yours. My twin 1 year olds had HFM maybe 5 weeks ago and one daughter now has Elmer glue style skin peeling on her feet and a few of her nails on her feet and hands are peeling off. Again no pain or irritation and by the time her nails fall off there is a new nail grown up most of the way in its place.
My 6 year old son is losing 6 of his finger/toe nails currently. I did some poking around as I am also losing one of my finger nails. About 6 to 8 weeks ago my son, daughter (4), and myself all developed strep throat. Both of my kids developed a rash on the trunks of their bodies with it and I was told by the doctor that it was normal and not a problem. Apparently a rash with strep makes it Scarlet Fever. After the rash goes away the skin can peel, and your nails are basically an extention of the skin. I believe this is the cause of him losing his nails and I have seen other posts talking about a skin rash and fever. Something you might look into.
Hey everyone, I was just looking up some reasons why this could be happening to my daughter.. I found this forum. she just had her 4th birthday monday and had a fever but no other symptoms at all for just a couple days, then her baby toenail on her L foot fell off.. and the others look like they are beginning to separate from the cuticle.. other than that the nails appear to be normal looking.. I saw someone said it could be because of nail polish?? she has me paint her nails ALL the time.. but this is the first time it has happened.. she is going to the doctor today.. but she never had the hand foot mouth thing you all are talking about.. any ideas????
My 3 year old son has experienced something very similar and I would be extremely grateful if you would let me know whether you ever got to the bottom of what caused the problem for your daughter or indeed whether it re-occured.
My sone was unwell with a swollen glands, mild temperature, cough etc and just as he seemed to be recovering he developed a rash all over his body. His was a red rash unlike your daughters'.
Two of the nails are currently being checked. However, I am concerned that there may be an underlining problem and would welcome any information you are able to offer.
My 3 year old son has experienced something very similar and I would be extremely grateful if you would let me know whether you ever got to the bottom of what caused the problem for your daughter or indeed whether it re-occured.
My son was unwell with a swollen glands, mild temperature, cough etc and just as he seemed to be recovering he developed a rash all over his body. His was a red rash unlike your daughters'.
Two nails which have fallen off are currently being examined for fungal infection. However, I am concerned that there may be an underlining problem and would welcome any information you are able to offer.
I am a 28 yr old female and was recently diagnosed with hand foot and mouth disease. My dr told me I had the flu, but then I got these painfull and itchy bumps all over my hands and feet and a blister on my tongue along with sore throat so I went to the dermatoligist and he took a biopsy. 2 weeks later my results came back that it is hand foot and mouth disease. But now almost a month after that my nails are starting to seperate at the base (cuticle) and I know they will eventually fall off. Nobody posted on here about this happening to an adult, and I know hfmd is rare in adults and as far as I know nobody in my recent family has ever had it. However before I got it my 4month old had blisters on his hands and feet, but his looked like burns. I'm sure it was hfmd as well as it took a week to clear. But his nails didn't come off. I first noticed the white parts of my fingernails shaped weird and thought it was a vitamin deficiency. This is all too strange to me. Does this sound like a result of hfmd?
I just read your daughters symptoms and couldn't believe how identical they were to my 2 yr old son's!
I've been researching the same as yourself trying to find anything that matched the symptoms he's had and couldnt find a thing!
It started off similar to a virus. Low fever, grumpy, then the rash came up. It was worse around his nappy area and underarms but it wasn't too severe. When the rash went away, after a few days his hands started to peel from the finger tips down his palms, then his feet started to do the same. Now the base of his fingernails are pink and the skin surrounding is slightly inflamed. I've just had a closer look and the nails are slowly growing off from the cuticle area. He also has a sore throat and inflamed glands.
I thought at first that this was Scarlett fever and I took him to my doctor to be told otherwise. Although my doctor couldn't give me any explanation.
If you find out any more information I would love to hear it because this is very strange!
I just stumbled on this forum and thought I'd give it a shot. We've done lots of research but haven't found any logical answer to why this is happenening to our daughter. If this question has already been answered in this forum or somewhere else, can you please reply with a link to the post or other information?? Thanks!
Here is a brief description of what happened: This summer our 2 year old had some kind of a virus; stuff that actually looked like the Kawasaki disease....low grade fever, swollen glands, chapped lips, body rash [not a red rash but like goose bumps all over her body....right after the symptoms (of something...whether it was Kawasaki or just a weird virus) appeared, the fingernails on her right and left forefingers started to peel away and then eventually fell off.
We thought maybe it was that she bumped her finger or smashed it at day care or something but then the rest of her nails...EVERY NAIL on her body ALL TOENAILS and ALL FINGERNAILS fell off over the course of the next couple of weeks (also there was no discoloration or bruising and now healthy nails have grown back in their place)
We asked our pediatrician and he said he'd never seen this happen before, so he had some blood work done and also consulted with his associate(s) and no one seemed too concerned. So neither were we.
My mother is a school nurse and has been working with kids for 30+ years and is still a bit concerned so I wanted to do a bit more reasearch.
Has anyone heard of this before?
Would this be something that I should have her looked at by a dermatologist or by a podiatrist?
well my 7 year old daughter also had her toenails to just fall off, im really concerned someone that worked with me said it was a sighn of dibeties, and that is how she found out that she was diebetic
my daughters 8 now but when she was 6 her toenail just fell off with new toe nail under it, this has happened to her 4 times, i was at work talking to a friend about it, another woman that worked with me said that hers did that and thats how she found out that she was a diebetic, and back about 3 years ago she was in the hospital and her sugar was 188, they havent checked her dor it yet, because i havnt had any insurance to pay for them to test her so everyone might want to just run it by the doc to see if that could be what it is
Wow your post is identical to what my 2.5 year old son has had, except that his fever was quite high, 104.9 at times. The doctor at the ER was convinced he had strep even though his screen was negative. So much so that they treated him with amoxicillin and did a 24 hr culture to test for strep. It too was negative and the next day he broke out into an itchy rash all over. It came and went for about 10 days. Then I noticed the skin on his feet peeling off in large pieces, and last week his nails began to peel off. He had Hand, Food, and Mouth Disease in the Fall and his fingernails and toenails came off with that, but that is fairly common. Anyway this time only fingernails so far. So glad to see that someone else has had the same thing. Further strengthens my though that it was a virus. Too bad we wont ever know which one.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) website indicates that nail loss can occur about one month following a case of HFMD. So most of the comments above sound like HFMD to me. My daughter had a virus about a month ago that we thought was chicken pox at first. Several children in her church class had symptoms. But once it became obvious that the spots were primarily on her feet, hands, and mouth we realized it was HFMD. Her skin also peeled off (very unbecoming!) on her hands and feet. Now her toenails and fingernails are peeling from the base. When I found the info on the CDC site, I realized this was all connected. Hope this helps!
Our friends son had foot and mouth deiese and about 3 to 4 weeks later all his fingernails fell off and now his toe nails are falling off.his doc said it was due to the stress his body had fron the f&m diease
My 2 yr old son started to what seemed like chicken pox the weird thing about it was that it was around the lip area, hands, and feet now his fingernails and toe nails are falling i started to google and the mouth, hand, and foot disease came up now reading about it i've come to the conclusion that this is what he has i will be taking him to the pediatrician to get checked out since he once had meningitis and this could trigger it to come back. I hope it goes away soon because hes lost 2 fingernails and his little toe nail and they all have like and ingrown nail on the bottom.
Same thing here - my 5 year old had either HFM, Rocky Mountain or Scarlatina - anyway ,we've got the peeling nails now and I found a post by a DR on webmd that referenced an article and 3 out of 5 kids w/ HFM get the peeling nails about 6 weeks after the symptoms of HFM show up.
Question is - has anyone done anything to treat the peeling nails? Any suggestions or do you just wait it out? And after the nails peeled did it happen again?
My 5 year old son has fingernails falling off as most folks have described above. After reading these posts, I am leaning towadr this being a result of HFMD. I have he same question as the other parent, does the nail peeling/falling off stop after it falls off? Does this have to be treated? Thank you.
This started happening recently to my 4 year old son. I took him to the doctor and she stated that it is a result of his body fighting a virus probably a month or so ago. Back in June he had a decent and persistent fever and lesions on his throat. Although there were similarities with HF&M, all of his symptoms were not consistent so we weren't 100% sure what exactly we were dealing with. However, after reading these posts, HFM could have definitely been it. The pediatrician said when kids are really sick, their bodies prioritize what it needs to put its energy toward. Therefore fighting the virus wins, building finger and toe nails not so much.
It has been a challenge keeping him from picking them making the matters worse. Although it looks painful it isn't. My son does say they are more tender when pushed on which makes sense since there is little protection of the nail bed. The pieces that my son has picked, I clip them as close as possible and carefully file the edges to prevent them from snagging further. I also keep socks on his feet to eliminate the urge to pick. That has helped. The doctor said it could take months for his nails to recover. It is very surprising that there is little information about this on the internet except on forums such as these.