Is manicure and pedicure contraindicated for koilonychia (spoon nails)?

When we have a client with the following condition:
koilonychia (spoon nails)

Nail Treatments
This is non-infectious and can therefore be manicured/pedicured.

Signs and symptoms for
koilonychia (spoon nails)

  • Nails are “spoon shaped”
  • Nail plates that are brittle, soft as well as thinning
  • Nails are concave
  • Nails that can be detached
  • Nails that can come totally off
  • Individual shows signs of being malnourished
  • Nails have embossed edges
  • Condition can indicate iron deficiency
  • Associated with Plummer-Vinson syndrome
  • Pain if nail is detached from nail bed or if an infection is active
  • Beneath the nail is discolored by secondary infection
KOILONYCHIA (SPOON NAILS) contraindications In beauty therapy


Koilonychia , also known as spoon nails, is a nail disease that can be a sign of hypochromic anemia, especially iron-deficiency anemia.

It refers to abnormally thin nails (usually of the hand) which have lost their convexity, becoming flat or even concave in shape. In a sense, koilonychia is the opposite of nail clubbing. In early stages nails may be brittle and chip or break easily.

koilonychia (spoon nails)
, "koilonychia (spoon nails)" is NOT contagious!

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