Have you ever paid attention to your nail shape? It might seem like a strange question, but a person’s nails can indicate a lot about their health. If you begin to notice nail abnormalities, it may be a sign of a variety of conditions, including psoriasis, fungal infections, trauma, tumors, and ingrown nails. In fact, up to 50 percent of people with psoriasis have nail psoriasis.
Nail abnormalities can easily occur, but most cases are easily treatable. A dermatologist from Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute can help diagnose various nail conditions and help you through any necessary nail abnormality treatments or procedures.
If you experience any of these nail shape changes or abnormalities, treatments can include antifungal treatment, steroids, nail removal, and drugs to suppress inflammation (for severe cases).
To prevent further nail abnormalities, remember to not bite, pick, or tear your nails. Keep hangnails clipped, keep toenails cut straight across the top and short, and do not use any kind of nail polish. If you go to a salon for any kind of nail treatments, we advise bringing your own manicurist kit/tools to avoid infection.
While many nail abnormality causes are nothing to be overly concerned about, it is important to always pay attention to any visible changes. If you’re in Bloomington, Illinois and the surrounding areas and you notice discoloration, swelling, splitting, or any other changes in your nail shapes, please contact Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute. We are familiar with the many ways fingernail shape, discoloration, and texture can indicate skin problems and diseases. We’re happy to provide any advice, care, and treatment you might need.
We look forward to serving you. Please let us know who you are and what kind of skin care services you looking for, and we will be in touch to schedule your appointment.