I noticed shortly before Chrstmas that my 3 year old son's thumb nails, pointer finger nails, and big toe nails were all starting to peel off. I looked it up online and read many of the responses on here stating that it is common after Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease but my child never had that. Took him to pediatrician and she wasn't sure so she sent us to a Pediatric Dermatologist. She asked if he had been sick at all in the past 2 to 3 months. I said YES, he had a stomach virus over Thanksgiving weekend. She then said that was the cause of the nails peeling. It's called Coxsachie Virus (same kind of virus that causes Hand, Foot, and Mouth) but can also just cause stomach flu. The virus causes the nails to stop growing for a bit, but your body is still producing new cells underneath the nail (and this process never stops) , therefore as the new nail grows in, then old ones peel off. I'm sure those 2 visits cost me several hundred dollars (haven't received the bill yet) but it was worth my peace of mind. Hopefully this info will save someone else in a similar situation some money.View Thread
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