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Nail Psoriasis

Nail psoriasis

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This condition affects your nails, causing them to become pitted and discoloured. They can also grow in strange ways, leaving big gaps betwen the nail and the nail bed, and sometimes becoming thick, loose and separate. In the severest of cases, the nails can crumble away entirely. Most people who suffer from nail psoriasis also suffer from skin psoriasis, and the causes of both are similar, and have a genetic link. There are not currently any cures fro nail psoriasis, but there are treatments that can be used to mitigate against any additional symptoms, such as fungal infections of the nail. Gently trimming back the nail can reduce the appearance of unsightly growths, as will ensuring the nail doesn’t suffer any unneccesary damage.

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Hi, I suffer from nail psoriasis too it's awful at the moment my nails are that bad I can't even put a polish on to hide the yellowing and cumbling of the nails and I work in retail and a lot of people are looking at my nails 😫 i don't know what the best treatment is, the Dr wanted to put me on injections but i was put off by some of the stories what I read online. I wouldn't mind trying light therapy but not sure if that works too! Wish it would get better and go bk to normal!





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I complety understand all my nail are horrible and im only thirty everyone looks at my nails to oh well just hope they figure something out soon fileing cliping and clear nail polish is all i know but its hard for a guy to wear polish well atleast me.

I have mild psoriasis but I started to have nail separation which none of the anti fungals could fix. I went back to my Dr with an interesting thing that I found on one of my mess that said do not take with nail psoriasis. When I checked the symptoms and pictures. He didn't believe me. Each time I sent off nail clippings fungus was minimal which they could not explain. Anyway a bad flare where the whole nail came away. I took it to the surgery and it was sent to a dermatologist who confirmed my findings. The Dr was surprised. I was prescribed bet ovate ointment and liquid to put on the nail. It helped but not the excruciating pain. It was eventually discovered that I had psoriatic arthritis. My condition has worsened and I am humira and a plethora of pain killers. I get nail separation when I am stressed. If I get a flare of my nails I use exorex ointment. It smells awful but contains coal tar which I find stops the flare with minimal damage to the nail. I also have fibromyalgia so all downhill since 2006. At one point I wanted to cut the tip of my finger off because the pain was so awful. Not many Dr's know about psoriatic arthritis or disbelieve.





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I have been suffering with Guttate Psoriasis for over the past 3 years and have just been psoriatic nail disease too. I was wondering if psoriatic nail disease is a separate autoimmune disease or does it come under my psoriasis?





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I have psoriasis my nails come off what can I do to make better

I would like to know more about the magnesium and the vinegar options for trying to address psoriatic nails. I have two that appeared on the run up to getting married (assume stress triggered it!), and now have signs in the nail on one of my little fingers it is also going the same way, so want to try to limit it getting worse/anything that will help the thickening/appearance? Thank you





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Hi. I am 57 and have had psoriasis since I was 15 (42 years). My nails have always been affected (pitting and coming away from the nail bed) and now for the past 9 years I have developed psoriatic arthritis. I have known for a long time that people with psoriasis go into remission if they visit the Dead Sea area. The sea is very salty and there is plenty of sun. It is known that the sea salts alone also help people's skin. What has now been realised is that it is the magnesium content of the salt that makes the difference. A lot of us are deficient in magnesium these days because we don't eat enough raw greens (magnesium is part of the chlorophyll molecule). I have been spraying myself with magnesium oil (available from health food shops & the internet) for the past few weeks and the last few patches of psoriasis that I have had for years have just disappeared. The magnesium is very easily absorbed through the skin. My big toe nail has been been only half attached for a year or two and now it is softening and a new nail seems to be growing underneath. Psoriasis sufferers - do look up the benefits of magnesium oil (actually it is a saturated solution of magnesium chloride).





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I was told by my doctor that both my big toes had fungal nail infection (not actually tested though) as they were mildly discoloured. 1 of them looks like its trying to grow Another nail underneath. I was given nail treatment but didnt really follow through. I bought a scholl treatment and have been doing it religiously, i have 1 week left and my toes look worse than they did before! They are now white and discoloured and a little crumbly, hard etc, it's embarrassing. My mother has it too on both her big toes and she told me about 'nail psoriasis' so am wondering if this is actually what i have? I do have skin psoriasis on my scalp and have had for as long as i can rememeber. Its such a shame though to find out theres no cure for it as of yet.





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Same here!! I have scalp psoriasis and my nails are suffering!! I just discovered that psoriasis is caused from too much yeast in the body. Get tested or do a home saliva test. (Saw on Dr, OZ). I'm giving up sugar and gluten as these feed the fungus. I've done this for one week and can't believe the difference!!

I've had this for a while, and it's so embarrassing. I am questioned about it all of the time and it really brings down your confidence because they look so bad. I don't know how to take care of it. I cry all of the time because I hate it so much.





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I have suffered from nail trauma and my nail has thickened and it really effects my self esteem knowing it's a permanent issue and that there are only temporary fixes like manicures , is there any sort of cosmetic surgery available that is permanent ? Please help me





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Can I do nail art on my nails which have psoriasis. I hope they don't get worse and cause further damage





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Hi I wanted to enquire if its safe enough to get nail art on psoriasitic nails or can have acrylic nails on my natural nails. I hope it would not harm my nails further





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