Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview

Nail Psoriasis Overview

Another name for Nail Psoriasis is Psoriasis of the Nails.

A person with psoriasis of the nails has abnormal splitting and thickening of the nails caused by psoriasis.

What is psoriasis of the nails?
A person with psoriasis has inflammation of the skin that results in a rash. The cause of psoriasis is unknown. A person with psoriasis of the nails has abnormal splitting and thickening of the nails caused by psoriasis.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis or the nails?
The symptoms of psoriasis of the nails include brittle nails, nail pitting, nail splitting, and other nail deformities.

How does the doctor treat psoriasis?
There is no cure for psoriasis. Treatment for psoriasis includes oatmeal baths (Aveeno), skin moisturizers, phototherapy, topical corticosteroid medications, oral corticosteroid medications, and other medications.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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