Allergische reactie van nagels? Ontdek de oorzaken, symptomen en voorkom!

Allergic reaction of nails? Discover the causes, symptoms and prevent!

An allergic reaction to nails? We know all about it! This problem is being reported more and more often and having it is very annoying. 'Having a nail allergy is anything but fun. It can have a negative impact on your daily life. Your allergic reactions range from mild discomfort to severe, painful irritations.

That is why in this blog article we delve deeper into the symptoms, causes and treatment of allergic reactions to the nails and provide tips to prevent them.


What causes an allergic reaction of nails?

The allergic reactions are caused by exposure to allergens, which can be found in, for example, cosmetic products, detergent or food. Below we have made an overview of the most common triggers of allergic reactions to nails:

1. Gel and Acrylic

Nail products such asgel nail polishandacrylic nail polishoften contain chemicals , which can cause allergic reactions. The chemical compounds and resins in, for example, artificial nails can irritate the skin around the nails and cause allergic symptoms.

2. Formaldehyde

Forma-what? We are happy to explain to you what formaldehyde is!

Formaldehyde is a preservative and hardener, often used in nail polish, nail glue and nail polish removers.

This substance can cause painful reactions on the skin and under the nail for some people.

3. Resins

Some nail products contain resins, which can cause allergic reactions to the nails in people with sensitive skin. An allergy to this can range from mild irritation to severe rashes and blistering.

4. Rubber

Rubber gloves are often worn during nail treatments to protect the hands. However, some people may be allergic to the latex in rubber gloves. In some cases, this results in allergic reactions upon contact with nail products.

5. Metal nail accessories

And finally, metal nail accessories, such as files and nail clips, can cause allergic reactions in people with a nickel allergy . Nickel is a common ingredient in metal nail accessories and can cause skin irritation and rashes.

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Symptoms of allergic reactions of nails

Allergic reactions to your nails can cause various symptoms. Common symptoms are:

  • Rednessof the skin around the nail;
  • Itching;
  • Swellings;
  • Painful feeling around or under the nail;
  • And in some cases there may also be blisters or rash; to arise.


How to deal with allergic reactions of the nails

If you think you are having an allergic reaction to your nails, it is important to avoid contact with the suspected cause. This may mean switching to hypoallergenic nail products or completely stopping using certain nail products or artificial nails.


Prevent an allergic reaction

Prevention is better than cure! Therefore, choose (1) hypoallergenic nail products without harmful chemicals.

It is also important to (2) take regular breaks from artificial nails, nail hardeners or nail polishes to give your nails enough rest.

In addition, (3) wearing gloves when using chemicals is an effective way to reduce exposure to allergens. Consider, for example, cleaning gloves, so that you optimally protect your nails against chemicals and a possible allergic reaction of the nails.

When to go to the doctor for your nails?

If the symptoms of allergic reactions of nails persist or worsen, it is advisable to consult a doctor. A doctor can identify your specific allergy and prescribe the appropriate treatment, such as antihistamines or other remedies to relieve symptoms.


In short, allergic reactions to nails can cause a lot of discomfort and pain. But with the right precautions, a negative reaction can be prevented and (if necessary) treated.

If you have an allergic reaction under the nail, do not hesitate to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ultimately, nail care isn't just about looking good, but  healthy nails are also essential to your overall well-being.

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