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Treatments Specifically for Nail Psoriasis

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition due to an autoimmune disorder. Psoriasis commonly presents with raised, red patches of skin and silvery scales on the extensor surfaces of the body (elbows and knees are commonly affected). About 10-55% of individuals with skin psoriasis, have psoriasis of the nails, also called psoriatic nail disease. Psoriatic nail disease may appear as small pits in the nails or white lines traversing the nail from side to side. There may be patchy, white areas or thickening of the skin underneath the nail. The nails can become thick, loose and crumbly. In many cases, psoriasis of the nails appears exactly like toenail fungus. Although there is a substantial amount of research for the treatment of toenail fungus ( onychomycosis ) there has been very little research specifically on treatments for nail psoriasis. Continue Reading »

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