Recommended TreatmentFungal Nail Renewal
What is Psoriasis in the Nail?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes your body to overproduce skin cells and form patches of silvery, scaly skin, mainly on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet or lower back. Many psoriasis patients get psoriasis on their nails – in fact, about half of all people with psoriasis develop nail psoriasis. Among people who have psoriatic arthritis (a related condition that affects the joints) as many as 80 percent develop nail psoriasis. Only about 5 percent of those who have nail psoriasis do not have any symptoms on other parts of the body. Those cases can be hard to diagnose, since nail psoriasis can be very similar to nail fungus, another disease of the nails that is caused by parasitic microorganisms and affects approximately 10 percent of the population. About a third of all people with nail psoriasis are also infected with nail fungus.
Causes of Nail Psoriasis
The causes for nail psoriasis are not completely understood, but your genes, immune system and environment all likely play a part. It can develop at any age but mostly affects adults. It affects people of all ethnicities, and men and women are equally likely to have it. Nail psoriasis is not an infection and you cannot pass it on to somebody else. It is a chronic condition without cure, but the condition can be managed successfully with proper nail psoriasis treatment.
Symptoms of Psoriasis in the Nails
Symptoms of nail psoriasis can occur on both toenails and fingernails. While the appearance and severity of nail psoriasis varies greatly from person to person, classic signs of nail psoriasis include pitting of the nails, nail bed separation (oncholysis), discoloration, and changes in shape or thickness. Lines going from side to side of the nail may also appear, or the nail may begin to crumble because the underlying structure is weakening. Nail psoriasis is a condition that has a tendency to come and go, sometimes causing severe flare-ups and sometimes clearing for long periods of time. Some people have flare-ups frequently, whereas others can go several years between outbreaks.
Treatment of Nail Psoriasis
Left untreated, severe psoriasis of the nails can cause discomfort, embarrassment and functional problems. The symptoms can be difficult to get rid of, but new medications have made it easier to manage nail psoriasis. For mild to moderate infections, a good treatment option could be Kerasal® Fungal Nail Renewal, a topical medical device that promotes the healing of damaged nails caused by nail psoriasis. Kerasal® Fungal Nail Renewal™ is also an effective treatment for fungal infections, which are common in conjunction with psoriasis in the nail. By penetrating the nail and changing the microenvironment of the nail, Kerasal® Fungal Nail Renewal™ prevents the growth of nail fungus and improves the appearance of the nail by keeping it hydrated.
If topical medications do not work, your doctor may recommend that steroids are injected into the nail, although this can be painful. Phototherapy, oral drugs and nail removal are other options for treating nail psoriasis. Regardless of which treatment you choose, keep in mind that it can take up to a year before the nail is fully healed. Psoriasis cannot be cured completely but with treatment you can greatly improve the appearance and function of your nails.