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Eur J Dermatol. 2000 Apr-May;10(3):223-5.

Allergic onycholysis and paronychia caused by cyanoacrylate nail glue, but not by photobonded methacrylate nails.

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  • 1Section of Dermatology Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Topeliuksenkatu 41 aA, FIN-00250 Helsinki, Finland.


Artificial acrylic nails may induce side effects such as fingertip dermatitis, periungual dermatitis, onycholysis, paresthesiae, Raynaud's phenomenon, ectopic facial involvement, and allergic contact dermatitis. We present a patient who developed allergic onycholysis from a cyanoacrylate used in a nail adhesive. She was able to use photobonded sculptured nails because they contain methacrylates that do not cross-react with cyanoacrylates.

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