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Can nail psoriasis be cured?
Psoriatic nail disease can be difficult to treat and there is no cure. It doesn’t usually grow out without treatment, so can continue to cause problems. The appearance of the affected nails can also sometimes cause distress. The treatment of severe psoriatic nail disease is now improving with modern medicines.
How can you tell the difference between nail fungus and psoriasis?
The symptoms of nail psoriasis and nail fungus are quite similar, and it may be difficult to tell them apart.
Recognizing the symptoms.
|Symptoms of nail psoriasis||Symptoms of nail fungus|
|Nails detach from the nail bed (onycholysis), creating gaps that can become infected by bacteria.||Progressive distortion in nail shape.|
What is nail psoriasis caused by?
Psoriasis of the nails is caused by the same autoimmune mechanisms as psoriasis of the skin. For reasons not entirely clear, the immune system will inexplicably regard normal tissues as harmful and launch an immune assault. Although the skin is the primary target, other tissues are affected as well.
Can nail psoriasis go away on its own?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that is not curable and it will not go away on its own. However, the disease fluctuates and many people can have clear skin for years at a time, and occasional flare-ups when the skin is worse.
How long does it take for nail psoriasis to heal?
Improvement from treatment happens slowly
Nails grow slowly, so it will take 6 months or longer to clear debris, a common sign of nail psoriasis, beneath the nail.
What does psoriasis look like on toenails?
You might see a yellow-red patch in the nail bed. It looks like a drop of oil under your nail plate, which is where it gets its name: oil-drop spot. Your toenails or fingernails can also turn a yellow-brown color. Crumbling nails often turn white.
What is the white hard stuff under my toenails?
Nail psoriasis sometimes causes too much keratin to grow under the nail. This overgrowth is called subungual hyperkeratosis. People with hyperkeratosis may notice a white, chalky substance under the nail. When this occurs in the toenails, the pressure of shoes pushing down on the nails might cause pain.
How can I cover up nail psoriasis?
In many cases, you can help cover up nail psoriasis with nail polish, or by gently buffing your nails. Avoid pushing back your cuticles or scraping underneath your nails, because injury to your nails can cause a flare-up. Depending on how psoriasis is affecting your nails, you may be able to use artificial nails.
Can I paint my nails if I have psoriasis?
If want to get a manicure or pedicure when you have psoriasis, go for it. There’s no reason not to, agrees Alicia Zalka, MD, dermatologist with Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut in Danbury. Plus, it could make you feel better by masking some of the nail issues psoriasis can cause.
Can psoriasis go away?
Even without treatment, psoriasis may disappear. Spontaneous remission, or remission that occurs without treatment, is also possible. In that case, it’s likely your immune system turned off its attack on your body. This allows the symptoms to fade.