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In April 2003 alive reported on a potentially harmful chemical used in cosmetic nail preparation, methyl methacrylate (MMA), which can cause allergic reactions such as rashes, itchiness, blisters, and irritation to the nose and throat

In April 2003 alive reported on a potentially harmful chemical used in cosmetic nail preparation, methyl methacrylate (MMA), which can cause allergic reactions such as rashes, itchiness, blisters, and irritation to the nose and throat.

Infection is another major concern associated with artificial nails. A bump or knock to a long artificial nail may lift it from the natural nail, allowing dirt to get in. If the nail is reglued without proper cleaning (with rubbing alcohol, for example), bacteria or fungi may grow between the nails and spread into the natural nail. Wearers of artificial nails should check them regularly to make sure no gap has developed between the artificial and the natural nail. Leaving fake nails on too long can also cause problems. Fungal infections commonly take over when nails have not been changed after three months or more.

Keep your nails and hands clean by washing often with soap and water, and have your artificial nails changed regularly by a trained professional, ensuring your cosmetician doesn't use preparations containing MMA. Substitute nontoxic nail polish and removers free of formaldehyde and harmful dyes. Many natural, safe alternatives are available at health food stores. Seek medical advice if you're concerned about a fungal or bacterial infection.

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