April 25, 2010 ~ The nail on my right little finger is lifting – a condition known as Onycholysis.
My plan is to soak it in alcohol a few times a day and see if that kills the infection which may be causing the problem. I’ll put the alcohol into a small empty bottle from Source Naturals Methylcobalamin. Perfect size. Then hold my finger submerged in the alcohol while I watch a bit of some telly episode.
This is a picture of my normal nail on my left little finger. You can see how much longer the nail is, going to the tip of my finger and beyond. It’s attached to my fingernail bed to a point very near the tip of my finger, which the nail on my right hand is not.
Besides alcohol soaks, I’ll soak my right little finger in Epsom salts a few times weekly.
March 21, 2011 ~ Soaking my little finger in alcohol for about 20 minutes while I watched telly episodes worked to get rid of the Onycholysis within a month or two, but I failed to immediately take a picture and update this page.
My nail is no longer separating from its nail bed.
June 20, 2013 ~ The Onycholysis condition has not come back. Happily! Though, when I garden without using gloves I think I invite problems, so I’ve begun soaking my little finger a couple times a month in alcohol, as described above. Better safe, than sorry.
NOTE: My focus is on how our fingernails reflect our vitamin B12 health. The reason for this narrow focus is that low vitamin B12 severely impacted my life.
There are several things related to health that fingernails can tell you, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on them. Mainly you want to see them remain smooth and continue to have natural moons.
When I was living in the hydrogen sulfide from the privy pit, I had horizontal valleys in my nails, especially my thumbnails. These were quite large dips in the nails.
One very serious thing is if your nails begin to curve over the top of your finger… I learned that was a sign of heart disease, some say lung disease. This is what it looks like:
Pictures of Fingernails showing other health signs