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Conditions

Nail Psoriasis

Nail psoriasis

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 have two big toe nails that are discoloured,slightly thickened and coming away from the bed half way up. My GP said the lab results said there was no infection. I have tried over the counter products and now at my wits end. I can not wear closed toe shoes. Any ideas would be appreciated, even a private consultation. Thanks KIm





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My toe nails on my feet are really. Ugly and they black and hard. Also my finger . Nails. Are ugly. I dont have no finger Nail. They hurt i dont like showing my hands so i keep them balled. Up so people. Won't. See how ugly my finge . Nails. Are thete is nothing. I can do about my feet and finger. Nails can someone help me get rid of this its been 5 years. And i been to the dermatologis . And i dont think what he giving. Me is working

Thank you to the people who replied to my question; I am trying to get the the neotigason capsules and cordron tape and have started the Vit B and vinegar regimes ..... a full-frontal attack and I'll keep you posted! Cheers and strength to you all.





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Hi I'm 14 years old, I've suffered nail psoriasis and skin for 2 years and It was totally embarrassing. The thing is I was able to cure it... You have to pour about 3-4 teaspoon of vinegar, well depends how big the bowl is. After that you soak your hand in there for 30-40 minutes do not soak too much or otherwise it will wreck your hand. But the nail was hard to bare in public..





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I've suffered from nail psoriasis for all my life (18 now) I've learnt to accept it as no treatment has worked for me. My nails chip break and flake, to cope with this I cut my nails very short and buff file them (filling my nail from the top). This clears out the pits and gives it a smooth finish even though they are very thin by the end of the process. I wear Acrylic nails when I can and is quiet embrassing when they come off in public. I'm a guy and I've learnt to live with it without treatment and you can too.





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I have had Psoriasis of the finger and toe nails nearly all of my life aged 3- 35. I am Female and have had just about everything the doctors could throw at me from Steroid injections into the nail beds to lotions and ointments with no significant change. I recently went to another dermatologist ( my doctor referred me because I had noticed that getting Acrylic nails put on it made my nails GROW and I wondered if there was anything in the acrylic that could help) and he was so uninterested in me (he didn't even sit down to talk to me) I came out of the appointment crying. He has suggested two drugs METHOTREXATE and CICLOSPORIN, now looking at the write up on these drugs scares the life out of me and was wondering if anyone has tried them? I would really appreciate any input as I need to make a decision before I go back to see him next month. A friend has also advised me to look at juice plus, a natural vitamin supplement, has anyone tried these? Thank you for reading. Chrissy. X





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I had methotrexate several years ago the outcome was amazing but I you can only do it short term as it can affect the liver - I am now on fumaderm which is incredible and you can use it long term - my skin which was 90% scaled last year is 99% clear - amazing my life is so different and I can wear dark clothes with pride

Hi Did you buy the lamp and did it work??





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I have used CORDRAN tape on my nails cobering them for a 24 hr period once a week. I have lost most of the painful waves in the nails, but still have the white ends but they are MUCH better than they have ever been

Hi there! I was diagnosed with Psoriatic arthritis which affects my skin and nails. My toenails are thick, discoloured and often lift off! My fingernails are so soft and thin causing them to split down past the quick, but it's the pain in my nails that's worse! I am very disabled with PsA, on methotrexate, since 2006, I've been medically retired since 2008, is there anything I can try to a) improve brittleness, & b) to help with the pain! It's awful! Thank you,





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I am 19 years old and was diagnosed psoriasis at the age of 13. It has gotten a lot better due to weight loses and eating healthier. Growing up in high school made me suffer a lot being self conscious and in secure. I still suffer with nearly all of nails damaged. I now have a dark spot on my right foot, big toe and I worry that it might be something serious.





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I had had psoriasis since i was 8years old i began with one nail and know i am 21 and i already have 5 nails with this disease u have tríed metrotrxate phototheraphy everything. I dont know what to do know i wish someone can help me.





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Hi everyone, my nail psoriasis was diagnosed from a dermatologist and he prescribed me Neotigason capsules....THEY WORK!!!!!!

How did it work? My nail beds have lifted up. I use a nail Gardner and polish to hide them. I have to soak them in red cider vinegar water 2-3 times a day. They get so sore when it's dry out. Thanks for your help!

I am worried about my toenails they are turning black, the doctor gave me, daktrin cream but this does not help, I AM SO EMBRASSED.PLEASE HELP ME.





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