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Many people who have psoriasis have nail changes. This can involve:
Nail changes rarely happen without other signs of psoriasis. And sometimes changes in the nails can confirm a diagnosis of psoriasis. Nail problems happen most often in people with psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis of the nail can be very hard to treat, and
treatment is not always successful. Treatment is aimed at the white
half-moon–shaped root of the nail (the matrix).
Treatments include some of the same topical and systemic therapies that are used to treat psoriasis that affects the skin. In some cases, medicines can be injected into the nail bed.
Treatments take time to work, and you may not see improvement for months. New, healthy nails may need up to a year to grow.
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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