Psoriasis under fingernails and toenails is something that many people don’t know exist until they have symptoms of what they may believe is nail fungus. The problem is that psoriasis under fingernails and toenails can do similar damage as nail fungus, so how does one know whether its psoriasis or fungus.
The wise choice would be to seek medical attention or if symptoms aren’t very advanced you might try an anti-fungal remedy to see if it will begin to clear up the problem, but if it worsens instead, or there is no change, it might be time to treat it as psoriasis.
Both nail psoriasis and nail fungus can spread, so it’s in your best interest to do something and not just hope it will go away by itself.
The good news is that nail psoriasis isn’t contagious the bad news is that nail fungus is contagious, however, both can destroy the nail when left untreated, which is another good reason to not ignore either one of these nail conditions. The faster you act the better, so that damage is minimal and can be rectified.
If you see pitts, ridges, dents, brown spots, dry skin scales, red itchy patches, yellow /tan discoloration and or thickening and crumbling of nails it’s probably time to take action.
If nail fungus has been eliminated and you believe it is nail psoriasis you’re dealing with, there are a few things you can do right away to treat it and reduce the severity. Many researchers believe that psoriasis is an immune system disorder so the first thing you can do is keep a healthy lifestyle. This means cutting back or cutting out junk foods, drinks, alcohol and smoking.
Those who have poor eating habits and abuse their body excessively with vices such as drugs, alcohol and smoking will have a harder time getting rid of psoriasis under fingernails and toenails or anywhere else it may appear on the body.
Another thing you can implement into your daily regimen is the use of ultraviolet light, especially UVB light, in small amounts at first to see how nails and skin responds. Sometimes psoriasis worsens in the beginning when using light therapy, but in time, as you progress the treatments can help heal psoriasis lesions.
Other types of treatments for psoriasis under fingernails and toenails include: topical creams with vitamin D, vitamin A (retinoid) and corticosteroids, moisturizers, coal tar, lasers and various medications prescribed by a physician.
If you’re healthy and don’t believe that immune system deficiency is the cause of your nail psoriasis it could be genetics or environmental factors. One thing for sure is that there is no cure, but take heart in the fact that there is hope in that it can be successfully managed.