Fungus or Psoriasis
Nail dystrophy psoriasis or fungus is what one might ponder when a nail begins to show signs of damage. This is because many times it is one of these two that are the cause of nail dystrophy. Nail psoriasis and nail fungus have something else in common as well. Both psoriasis and fungus can spread and if you don't treat them quickly you can make matters worse. Therefore, it is in your best interest to take action right away and not just hope it will go away on its own.
So far we know that both nail psoriasis and nail fungus are similar in that they can do serious damage to not only the nail plate, but also the nail bed and that they both spread to other areas of the body, however, there are differences as well. The main difference is that psoriasis is not contagious to others while fungus is contagious to others.
Their appearance is also different; with psoriasis there is typically patches of skin psoriasis on the fingers that are red, scaly, itchy and sore. There may be nail pitting, holes or ridges with brown spots that look like tiny drops of oil with a translucent appearance. There may also be broken capillaries under the nail creating a deep purple or dark blue discoloration in areas.
Nail fungus is an infection and looks like one, so there will be obvious thickening and yellowing of the nail. While it looks unsightly there usually aren't any symptoms such as itching or soreness until you actually lose the nail then it hurts, however, if the fungal infection is in the toenail pressure from wearing shoes most likely will create pain and discomfort.
To add to this, it is possible to have both nail psoriasis and nail fungus at the same time. What's a person to do? The best thing you can do is seek medical advice to find out exactly what you are dealing with. Many people try a few home remedies or over the counter creams first to see if they can cure it or at least slow it down until they can get to a doctor.
If you believe that you have the symptoms of nail fungus there are anti-fungal creams that you can use as well as the old stand by home remedy of 50/50 Listerine and white vinegar mixture. I can vouch for the home remedy, because I did it and it worked. I managed to save my big toe's toenail, however, it took a year or more for it to grow out and look normal again.
Nail psoriasis will require more effort, but you got to do what you got to do. Most people start with topical creams such as retinoid and corticosteroid creams to reduce inflammation. Yet, others use UVB light therapy or direct sunlight, but not too much at once. Strengthening the immune system is another remedy that is recommended by researchers who believe that psoriasis is an immune system disorder. So, if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle some changes might be in order.
When nail psoriasis is severe medical attention is required and usually consists of corticosteroid injections and possibly surgery performed by a dermatologic surgeon. There is no guarantee, however, what condition the nail will grow back in or if it will grow back at all. Typically, there will be signs of treatment and the nail will not look normal if it does grow back.
You might be starting to see why it's so important to seek treatment right away. If you don't and nail psoriasis or nail fungus progresses to advanced stages you may lose a nail or nails and never get them back. Neither one of these nail conditions will get better on their own, so don't ignore them or try to cover them up with nail polish as this will only make matters worse.
Nail dystrophy psoriasis or fungus either one can be disastrous.