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Many people who have psoriasis have nail changes. This can involve:
Nail changes rarely happen without other signs of psoriasis. And sometimes changes in the nails can confirm a diagnosis of psoriasis. Nail problems happen most often in people with psoriatic arthritis.
Your doctor can often recognize psoriasis by looking at your skin, scalp, and nails. Special tests usually aren't needed.
Psoriasis of the nail can be very hard to treat, and treatment is not always successful.
Treatments include some of the same topical and systemic therapies that are used to treat psoriasis that affects the skin. In some cases, medicines can be injected into the nail bed.
Treatments take time to work, and you may not see improvement for months. New, healthy nails may need up to a year to grow.
Here are some tips you can try to protect your nails.
Avoid excessive cleaning under the nail, because it may promote psoriasis scale buildup.
Current as of:
March 3, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family MedicineAmy McMichael MD - Dermatology
Current as of: March 3, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael MD - Dermatology
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