Nail psoriasis photos
Taking a look at nail psoriasis photos is the best way to find out if you actually suffer from the skin condition. People suffering from active psoriasis experience psoriatic changes in their toenails and fingernails which range from mild to severe based on the extent of the psoriatic involvement of the nail plate, matrix, bed and skin.
[note]In severe cases, pustular psoriasis can damage the nail bed to eventually lead to the loss of the nail. Psoriasis rarely develops only on the nails, and not anywhere else on the body.[/note]
Nail psoriasis usually occurs in patients suffering from psoriasis and in 50-85% of the patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis or the arthritis of the toes and fingers.
The common symptoms of nail psoriasis are:
- Pitting- caused by the deficiencies of nail growth related to psoriasis and is characterized by the loss of parakerototic cells from the nail plate surface.
- Areas of white nail plate which is caused by air pockets where the nail plate is lifted form the nail bed. It is also called onycholysis and is associated with inflamed skin around the nail.
- Translucent yellow-red discoloration of the nail bed that resembles oil drop under the nail plate referred to an oil drop or salmon patch that occurs with nail bed psoriasis.
- Excessive nail bed proliferation
- White nail plate regions
- A weakened nail matrix triggered by the crumbling and loss of nail due to psoriasis.
There is no actual treatment for nail psoriasis; however it can improve on its own and perhaps return to its normal appearance. Treatment is based on the site and severity of the nail disease and includes:
- Application of high-potency topical corticosteroid solution or ointment
- Calcipotriol solution
- Intralesional triamcinolone acetonide
Sometimes nail psoriasis photos and symptoms resemble other conditions like nail bed inflammation and chronic fungal infection.