8 Tips for Treating Nail Psoriasis
Most people think of psoriasis as a condition of the skin, but it can also impact fingernails and toenails. According to board-certified dermatologist Daniel P. Friedmann, M.D. of Westlake Dermatology in Austin, Texas, “Nail psoriasis is extremely common, with up to 50 percent of all patients with psoriasis having some form of nail disease.” This number jumps to approximately 80 percent for people who have psoriatic arthritis, he says.
Friedmann says that nail psoriasis is identified by a series of abnormalities to both the nail and its connection to the underlying skin, which can include:
- Nail thickening
- Nail discoloration—a yellow or brown hue
- Surface irregularities, such as pitting, grooves, or ridges
- Brittle nails that are prone to fracture
- Disease of the underlying skin, which can cause significant buildup of debris under the nail, allowing the nail to separate from the skin
Not only do people with these symptoms have cosmetic complaints, but they also may experience pain and an increased risk of infection. Thankfully, there are ways to treat nail psoriasis and prevent additional flares.