Though nail fungus is one of the most common nail conditions affecting 3 million people in the US, your symptoms might also be indications of other nail conditions. Below are the top 7 nail conditions similar to nail fungus. 

  1. Lines and ridges: large groove around the nail, can be caused by chemotherapy. 
  2. Senile Nails: Brittle nails, ridges, separated layers at the end of the nail. More common 
  3. Discolored nails: May be caused by nail fungus, melanoma, pseudomonas, or hematoma. Check out our last blog to see what the colors of your nails mean here
  4. Psoriasis: Nail matrix is affected which is skin under the nail which is where the nail grows. Can cause nails to look tan 
  5. Paronychia: When the cuticle is inflamed or irritated causing swelling and redness of the nails caused by the bacteria, might also cause yeast growth
  6. Chronic nail trauma: When constant and sudden activity causes damage to the nails during sudden stopping, running, kicking, or other sports. Might also be encouraged by wearing tight-fitting toes. Changes in the nail may look like nail fungus.

Onychomycosis: Common type of nail condition that is caused by nail fungal infection. Begins with discoloration, and will also lead to thickened nails and flakey. Check out our blog on signs of nail fungus to determine what are the symptoms of onychomycosis otherwise known as nail fungus here.

If you suspect that you have nail fungus, contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors. They can diagnose your case and give you advice on how to treat your condition.