Understanding Nail Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic condition that is caused by your body’s own immune system. Patients with psoriasis typically develop patches of reddened skin with white or silver scales, but psoriasis can also affect the condition of your fingernails and toenails as well. If you suffer from psoriasis, your dermatologist can offer targeted psoriasis treatment in Arlington Heights to treat your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Symptoms of Nail Psoriasis
The most common symptoms of nail psoriasis include color changes and texture changes in the nails of your hands and feet—your nails may turn green, brown, or yellow and may develop ridges, pits, or grooves. You may also experience thickening of your nails, or the nails may appear to separate from the nail beds. Many patients who suffer from nail psoriasis report that affected fingers and toes feel tender and may be hard to move freely.
Preventing Nail Psoriasis
The best treatment for nail psoriasis is preventive treatment to keep your nails healthy. Keeping your nails trimmed and wearing gloves when washing dishes or performing other cleaning tasks can help to protect them from damage and irritation. Moisturizing your nails and cuticles after bathing, washing your hands, or swimming can also help to prevent nail psoriasis by keeping the skin and nails from drying out. Additionally, make sure to wear shoes that are comfortable and provide enough room in the toe box for your toes.
Treating Nail Psoriasis
If you do develop nail psoriasis that affects your hands or feet, it’s best to visit your dermatologist for an evaluation and personalized treatment plan. In most cases, the same psoriasis treatment you use for your skin will also apply to your nails, including phototherapy and topical or oral medications. Corticosteroid injections can also help to successfully reduce discomfort associated with nail psoriasis.
At Arlington Dermatology, we can help you manage the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, and other chronic skin conditions. Please stop by our website to learn more about our clinical and cosmetic dermatology services, or give us a call at 847-392-5440.