Nail Polish Allergy Treatment in New Orleans
Get testing and treatment for nail polish allergy in New Orleans. Dr. Reena Mehta is a board-certified allergist in New Orleans that specializes in acrylic nail allergy and other nail cosmetic allergies. Contact us today to schedule your visit!
“I went to see Dr Mehta due to eczema flaring that has been on and off for a while. I had seen other dermatologist and they all would just prescribe me a topical steroid cream for a short term solution. Dr Mehta helped me come to the realization that it was certain products that I was using in my day to day life. After talking about switching some products at home, my eczema has been 100% better and I am no longer using any creams for itching. She is the best!“
– Brooke G, March 2021
Nail Acrylate Allergy
Nail acrylate allergy allergy is triggered by acrylate monomers, including 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate, ethyl cyanoacrylate, 1,4-butanediol diacrylate, hydroxypropyl acrylate, and 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate.
Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin (TSFR) Allergy
It is still possible to encounter TSFR in nail polishes, but it is much less common today than it was a decade ago.
Nail technicians with acrylate allergy typically have a much worse reaction that develops with continuous exposure. Pulpitis and cutaneous fissures are common. Other symptoms can include subungal hyperkeratosis, onycholysis, and nail dystrophy. Though rare, paresthesia, urticaria (hives), or upper respiratory tract symptoms can occur.
An allergist is best equipped to diagnose nail cosmetic reactions. Dr. Mehta can help you confirm whether or not you’re allergic to nail polishes or nail treatments. Allergy testing begins with a detailed medical history, where Dr. Mehta will ask you questions about your contact with nail treatment products and other common skin allergens that may be causing your symptoms. If your history is consistent with nail polish allergy, the next step is to undergo skin testing.
Nail Polish Allergy Prevention
If you work with acrylates as a nail technician or another profession, nitrile gloves are recommended to shield you from acrylate exposure while maintaining dexterity. Nitrile gloves are considered to be effective for 15 to 30 minutes of exposure, after which a glove change is recommended. If your work requires longer exposure to acrylate, industrial grade gloves, such as Silver Shield/4H gloves, may be effective but tend to limit dexterity. Dexterity can be maintained in this case by cutting off the fingertips of industrial grade gloves and wearing them underneath a standard nitrile glove.
Moisturizers and Topical Ointments
Nail Cosmetic Allergy Testing in New Orleans
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