Although fingernails and toenails may not be a part of the body most New Yorkers normally consider when thinking about skin care, the appearance of the nails can be a valuable indicator of more serious underlying health conditions. There are a few different types of nail disorders that can occur, and it’s important to receive an accurate diagnosis in order to begin the most appropriate treatment.
If you’re ready to learn more about how to restore the health of your nails, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to restore the health that you deserve.
About Nail Disease
There are a variety of different forms of nail disease, and each requires the right diagnosis in order to receive the best care. In some cases, an unusual appearance to the fingernails or toenails may be indicative of a more serious underlying health concern.
Onychomycosis, or nail fungus, accounts for 50% of all nail disease. Appearing more commonly on the toenails than the fingernails, this is an extremely common disorder that Dr. Green treats every day. Nail fungus may also be associated with tinea or fungus in other areas of the body. Because of the contagious nature of fungal infections, Dr. Green may prescribe a combination or topical and oral medications to treat your condition.
Nail pitting, or small indentations in the nails, may be an indication of psoriasis. However, pits in the nails might also be an indicator of certain connective tissue disorders, including alopecia areata.
Deformations of the nail can be a symptom of a number of issues. When the tip of the fingernail is wider than the base (called nail clubbing), this might show that the blood has low oxygen levels, which could be a sign of lung disease. Other diseases could also result in clubbed nails. Nails may turn up at the edges to indicate iron deficiency or excess iron absorption.
Nails can also separate from the nail bed. Although this can happen as the result of an injury or nail bed infection, it can also occur in reaction to certain medications or topical nail products. Thyroid disease and psoriasis can also contribute to a separated nail.
If you’re concerned with an abnormal appearance to either fingernails or toenails, Dr. Green can work with you to deliver an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about the incorporating nail treatments as part of a healthy skin care program from our New York practice.