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Does nail psoriasis damage your nails?

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You may get ridges or grooves in your nails, or pitting (small pinprick holes) on the nail surface.

Chalky white material can gather under your nail, causing it to lift away from the skin. This can be painful.

About a third of people with nail psoriasis can also get a fungal infection that can cause your nails to get thick. They may also get brittle and break.

Your nail may loosen or separate from the nail bed.

Some of these changes can make it hard to move your fingers and toes. You may also get tenderness and pain in your nails. This can make it hard to do things with your hands.

From: Nail Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Alliance: "Nail Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Hands, Feet, and Nails," "Moderate to Severe Psoriasis: Biologic Drugs."

The Psoriasis Association: "Psoriasis Treatments."

Radtke, M. Dec. 22, 2010. Patient Related Outcome Measures,

de Vries, A.C. iews, Jan. 31, 2013. Cochrane Database of Systemic Rev

Dogra, A. , July-August 2014. Indian Journal of Dermatology

Oram, Y. , 2013. Dermatology Research and Practice

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

SOURCES:

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Alliance: "Nail Psoriasis."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Hands, Feet, and Nails," "Moderate to Severe Psoriasis: Biologic Drugs."

The Psoriasis Association: "Psoriasis Treatments."

Radtke, M. Dec. 22, 2010. Patient Related Outcome Measures,

de Vries, A.C. iews, Jan. 31, 2013. Cochrane Database of Systemic Rev

Dogra, A. , July-August 2014. Indian Journal of Dermatology

Oram, Y. , 2013. Dermatology Research and Practice

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

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