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Think twice: Doctor reveals alarming consequences of nail extension

Think twice: Doctor reveals alarming consequences of nail extension Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

The doctor warned that acrylic nails can lead to an infection causing nails to turn green and develop a layer of keratin, according to TikTok's Dr. Sermed Mezher.

The dangers of acrylic nails

In the video, the doctor showcased a woman's fingers with nail bed keratosis and an unpleasant greenish color on the nails.

Think twice: Doctor reveals alarming consequences of nail extension

What can acrylic nails lead to? (Screenshot)

"Thinking of getting acrylic nails done on the cheap? Think again," the medic said.

The expert explains that besides the unattractive appearance, this condition of the nails is called chloronychia, also known as Green Nail Syndrome (GNS). It can occur if acrylic nails are improperly applied, leaving a space between the natural nail and the acrylic that wasn't properly filled.

According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD), chloronychia is caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which thrives in a moist environment.

The doctor elaborats that Pseudomonas aeruginosa not only causes nail infections, and although it occurs rarely, it can be transmitted from the nail to other parts of the body or even to other individuals if their immune system is weakened.

When the acrylic and the nail separate, the waterproof barrier formed by the skin is lost, giving bacteria access to the space.

"Now beyond being unsightly, there can actually be a big problem as it can take from one to four months for the nail to actually grow out, even with treatment," explained Mezher.