If your nails are discolored, deformed, thickened, brittle, or separating from the nail bed, you may have a nail fungus infection (Onychomycosis) or Psoriasis under your nail.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that results in scaly red patches on the skin. This condition causes the body to overproduce skin cells. In most cases, symptoms can be seen on the skin but there is also a chance that they show up on the nails. It is more common in fingernails than toenails. Psoriasis of the nail is often seen in people with general psoriasis. This can be treated with vitamin D ointment, topical steroids, or light therapy

Symptoms of nail psoriasis include:

  • Pitting of the nails
  • Thickening or deformation
  • Yellowing or browning of nails
  • Nail plated detaching from the nail bed
  • Chalky buildup under the nail
  • Tenderness or pain

Nail fungus, also known as Onychomycosis, is an infection caused by a type of fungi called dermatophytes. It is related to fungal infections of the skin such as jock itch, athlete’s foot, and ringworm. Fungal nail infection is one of the most common nail conditions. You may not see the symptoms right away when you get infected. It starts as a white or yellow spot on the nail that can easily be ignored. Once it progresses, it can be very difficult to get rid of.

Symptoms of nail fungus include:

  • Thickening of the nails
  • Darkening nail color
  • Continuous  deformation of the nails
  • Brittleness
  • Foul odor

Nail fungus treatment can be very difficult because the fungus can get under and within the layers of the skin. Fungus thrives in dark, damp, and moist environments. Common places that people get infected are in gym showers, public pools, or sweaty socks. 

It is also possible for people to have both nail psoriasis and nail fungus. Since the symptoms are common, it would be best to consult your doctor to determine the what nail condition you have. If you have these symptoms, contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors.