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Pterygium inversum unguis secondary to gel polish.
J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2018; 32(1):160-163JE

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Pterygium inversum unguis (PIU) is characterized by the abnormal adherence of the hyponychium to the ventral surface of the nail plate. It can be both unsightly and painful, resulting in morbidity for patients. Gel polish is a popular nail cosmetic that has been reported to cause several complications. PIU may be another adverse outcome.

OBJECTIVE

To highlight a newly recognized adverse effect of a popular beauty technique.

METHODS

This retrospective and prospective case series reports 17 women who developed PIU after gel polish use. All study-related activities occurred at a University of Miami dermatology outpatient clinic.

RESULTS

All 17 subjects developed PIU after two to five years of gel polish application. Nine of 17 patients reported using both UVA and LED light to cure gel polish. Of the remaining eight, five used LED light only and three did not know or could not remember. All but two patients had a resolution of PIU a few weeks after switching from gel polish to regular polish manicures.

CONCLUSION

While it remains undiscerned whether PIU is related to chemicals present in the gel polish or to the application and/or removal process of such, patients and dermatologists should be aware of the potential risks of gel manicures.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA.Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA.Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA.Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA.Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28960450

Citation

Cervantes, J, et al. "Pterygium Inversum Unguis Secondary to Gel Polish." Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV, vol. 32, no. 1, 2018, pp. 160-163.
Cervantes J, Sanchez M, Eber AE, et al. Pterygium inversum unguis secondary to gel polish. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2018;32(1):160-163.
Cervantes, J., Sanchez, M., Eber, A. E., Perper, M., & Tosti, A. (2018). Pterygium inversum unguis secondary to gel polish. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV, 32(1), pp. 160-163. doi:10.1111/jdv.14603.
Cervantes J, et al. Pterygium Inversum Unguis Secondary to Gel Polish. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2018;32(1):160-163. PubMed PMID: 28960450.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Pterygium inversum unguis secondary to gel polish. AU - Cervantes,J, AU - Sanchez,M, AU - Eber,A E, AU - Perper,M, AU - Tosti,A, Y1 - 2017/10/16/ PY - 2017/07/23/received PY - 2017/09/20/accepted PY - 2017/9/30/pubmed PY - 2018/8/22/medline PY - 2017/9/30/entrez SP - 160 EP - 163 JF - Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV JO - J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol VL - 32 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: Pterygium inversum unguis (PIU) is characterized by the abnormal adherence of the hyponychium to the ventral surface of the nail plate. It can be both unsightly and painful, resulting in morbidity for patients. Gel polish is a popular nail cosmetic that has been reported to cause several complications. PIU may be another adverse outcome. OBJECTIVE: To highlight a newly recognized adverse effect of a popular beauty technique. METHODS: This retrospective and prospective case series reports 17 women who developed PIU after gel polish use. All study-related activities occurred at a University of Miami dermatology outpatient clinic. RESULTS: All 17 subjects developed PIU after two to five years of gel polish application. Nine of 17 patients reported using both UVA and LED light to cure gel polish. Of the remaining eight, five used LED light only and three did not know or could not remember. All but two patients had a resolution of PIU a few weeks after switching from gel polish to regular polish manicures. CONCLUSION: While it remains undiscerned whether PIU is related to chemicals present in the gel polish or to the application and/or removal process of such, patients and dermatologists should be aware of the potential risks of gel manicures. SN - 1468-3083 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28960450/Pterygium_inversum_unguis_secondary_to_gel_polish L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/jdv.14603 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -