Identifying Psoriasis vs. Fungus in Fingernails & Toenails (Part 2)
Fingernails or toenails discoloration, change in shape or thickness, deep pits or holes, and other changes, it could be signs of an autoimmune disease called Psoriasis, or signs of a contagious fungal infection. But sometimes telling the difference can be tricky!
In this two part article, Detroit area hand specialist Dr. Rehman meantime, shares some generally information to help you understand the differences between Psoriasis and Nail Fungus in fingernails and toenails.
Manicures that expose the skin to contagious fungus, as well as frequent activities (like swimming) that keep hands & feet wet can make hands susceptible to fingernail fungus. Toenails are generally the most susceptible to fungal infections because walking barefoot makes it easier to come into contact with fungus. Nail salons, gym floors and showers, or walking on public floors are the most common places to contract a fingernail or toenail fungus.
Fingernail or toenail fungal infections can cause the nail to discolor and change shape. Initially, a spot of gray, green or brownish color will appear on the nail and will get darker and spread over the nail over time. Nails can become distorted and may become thinner or cause thicker nail patches. Nails can become brittle and break.
Once the fungus has attached itself to a part of the nail, as the nail grows, the fungus will move with the nail and will spread. Even though the nail will look unhealthy, it rarely falls off due to a fungal infection.
Have a Specialist Diagnose Psoriasis Vs. Fungus
Psoriasis and fungal infections on fingernails and toenails have very similar symptoms. Only a medical examination and testing of the nail can determine if it’s a psoriasis or a fungal infection. A self-diagnosis of the condition is not always accurate or recommended method to determine treatment.
Knowing the difference between both conditions will allow the proper medical treatment to prevent symptoms from worsening. Because a fungal infection is contagious, it is important to treat and cure the infection.
Additionally, it is possible for a person with psoriasis to also have a fungal infection on nails. Because psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, it makes them more susceptible to skin and nail infections. This is another reason it complicates the very nature of self-diagnosing the condition.
The Detroit area hand specialist Dr. Ali can examine, test, diagnose and treat fingernail and toenail abnormalities and medical conditions. Proper diagnosis and medical treatment of psoriasis and fungal infections of the nails can prevent symptoms and damage from spreading or progressing. Identifying the condition quickly in order to treat the symptoms and underlying cause will help you get back to having healthy, pain-free nails.
Top Detroit Area Hand Specialist
If you are suffering from an injury or pain in your fingernails, wrist, elbow or arm, contact board certified Detroit area hand specialist Doctor Rehman for a comprehensive evaluation and consultation. As with most medical conditions, early detection, awareness, and a prevention or treatment plan is the most effective way to combat the effects of conditions like psoriasis and fungal infection of the fingernails and toenails.
HAnd specialist Doctor Rehman will assess your individual situation, and prescribe the treatments that are best for your condition.