Nail Disorders

There are a wide range of nail disorders that can affect both the fingernails and toe nails. It is important to have your nails evaluated by a physician to diagnose for any underlying conditions.

What are the different causes of nail disorders?

Psoriasis: For some patients with psoriasis there can also be nail involvement that manifests as nail divots (pitting) or yellowish discoloration.

Eczema: For those who suffer from different forms of hand eczema, the inflammation on the hands can cause disruptions of nail growth leading to ridges to form as the nail grows out.

Paronychia: This is an infection of the skin around the nail. Symptoms include redness, pain, swelling and pus formation.

Onychomychosis: This common condition is a fungal infection of the nail, usually diagnosed by yellow, thickened and brittle nails.

There are many different causes of nail disorders; therefore please see your dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis.

What are treatments for the different nail conditions?

Depending on the cause of the condition, there are various topical and oral treatments available. Due to the slow growing nature of the nails, all treatments can take many months and up to a year to see full results. Make an appointment with your dermatologist to see what the best course of action is for your specific condition.

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