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How can hand and foot psoriasis affect your nails?

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Half of all people with psoriasis have it on their nails. If you have psoriatic arthritis, you're even more likely to have symptoms there.

Psoriasis can affect your nails in many ways. It can:

  • Change the color or shape
  • Make dents
  • Make them thick
  • Chip or split
  • Make it easier for them to fall off
  • Be painful to touch
  • Make small pits on the surface

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Case-based review: Palmoplantar psoriasis,” “Psoriasis: Tips for Managing.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Palmoplantar Pustulosis.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Pustular Psoriasis,” “Hands, Feet and Nails.”

The Psoriasis Association: “Pustular Psoriasis,” “Nail Psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 24, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Case-based review: Palmoplantar psoriasis,” “Psoriasis: Tips for Managing.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Palmoplantar Pustulosis.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Pustular Psoriasis,” “Hands, Feet and Nails.”

The Psoriasis Association: “Pustular Psoriasis,” “Nail Psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 24, 2019

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