Our nails often reflect our general state of health. Changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems, including liver and kidney disease, heart and lung conditions, anemia, and diabetes. Symptoms that could signal nail problems include changes in color, shape and/or thickness, swelling of the skin around the nails, bleeding or discharge, and pain. See one of our dermatologists for the successful diagnosis and treatment of nail problems
- Nail problems make up about 10 percent of all dermatologic conditions.
- Nail problems usually increase throughout life and affect a high number of senior citizens.
- Fungal infections cause about half of all nail disorders. They are more common in toenails because the toes are confined in a warm, moist, weight-bearing environment.
- Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, can grow under the nail in rare cases. Such melanomas may be mistaken for injuries, so a dermatologist should be consulted if a dark-colored streak appears within the nail plate, if the nail discoloration does not gradually improve or if the size of the streak increases over time.
Common nail problems include:
- White spots after an injury to the nail.
- Vertical lines, known as splinter hemorrhages, under the nails caused by nail injury or certain drugs and diseases.
- Bacterial infections, most often due to injury, poor skin hygiene, nail biting, finger sucking or frequent exposure to water.
- Ingrown toenails, caused by improper nail trimming, poor stance, digestive problems or tight shoes.
Nail problems are more common in those with diabetes or poor circulation. At the first sign of a problem, make an appointment to see one of our dermatologists to have it properly diagnosed and treated.
- Eczema and dry skin
- Pre-Cancer Treatment
- Skin Cancer Excisions
- Nail and Hair Concerns
- Removal of growths
- Cyst excisions
- Skin color disorders
- Sun damaged skin