Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that affects as many as 125 million people worldwide, according to psoriasis.org. The condition results in raised, red, and scaly patches that appear across the body. It is also possible to get psoriasis of the nails.
What Is Psoriasis of the Nails?
As is characteristic of psoriasis, psoriasis of the nails results in changes to the physical characteristics of the skin. In this case, the nails can become thick, deformed, yellowed, and pitted, and they can even lift away from the fingers. This also creates a scenario in which nail fungi can thrive, which may complicate the condition even further.
How to Reduce Psoriasis Discomfort
Although psoriasis should be treated professionally with prescription medication or topical creams, there are a few ways to reduce the discomfort of psoriasis of the nails from home. Those with nail psoriasis should always be gentle with their nails, wearing gloves when using cleaning products. Avoid biting fingernails and keep nails trimmed, clean, and dry as much as possible, using moisturizer on the nails and cuticles daily. In addition to fighting fungus, these practices can strengthen the nails and improve their functionality and appearance.
Treating Psoriasis of the Nails
Those with psoriasis may find that lifestyle factors like skin irritation, medications, infections, or even hormonal changes can promote their psoriasis flare-ups. For this reason, it is important to identify individual triggers and avoid them when possible. Once a flare-up has begun, we advise seeking professional input from our dermatology clinic to ensure that the psoriasis isn’t dangerously severe, especially if there are symptoms such as pus-filled bumps or skin that appears to have been burned. The treatment of psoriasis depends on the severity of the flare-up and can range from topical creams to oral or injectable medications and even UV light therapy.
The best time to treat psoriasis is the beginning of a flare-up. If you believe you may have psoriasis of the nails or any other dermatological concerns, call The Dermatology Clinic at (225) 769-7546 to schedule an appointment today.