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What medicine can you apply on your nails if you have nail psoriasis?

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Medicine you apply directly to your nails are often called "topical" drugs. For nail psoriasis, your doctor may suggest a corticosteroid (such as clobetasol), vitamin D, or retinoid creams that you rub into your nail and cuticle every day.

If your nails are thick, the medicine you apply may have a hard time getting inside. Gels or ointments that contain urea can help thin them.

Your doctor may also prescribe a nail lacquer that hydrates and strengthens your nails. You apply it every day in the same way you put on nail polish.

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 2, 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 2, 2018

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