How to Treat Nail Psoriasis Naturally?

People with psoriasis of the skin are also at greater chance of developing nail psoriasis. This kind of psoriasis also can be very bothersome. There are some ways to treat it naturally, but these home remedies and natural therapies should be used for complementary option along with the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor or dermatologist.

What is nail psoriasis?

image_illustration147Fingernails and toenails are some areas that can be affected if you have psoriasis (a common chronic skin condition). The symptoms may vary, but typically the problem can cause a clear reddish-yellow under the nail – or like oil under the nail plate, and usually followed with areas of white ‘discoloring’ on the nail plate.

The unhealthy underlying structures of nail can cause crumbling of the nail. The thickening skin under the nail may occur, and this then may cause loosening of the nail.

In general, the problem can cause thickening & irregular contour of the affected nails.

See the following picture (credit to Mayo Foundation)!

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As noted before, people with skin psoriasis are more likely to also have nail psoriasis. Even most individuals with psoriasis of the nails develop skin psoriasis. The problem should not be ignored. If left untreated, this may cause functional & social problems.

How do you get it – what are the causes?

The exact cause of how it occurs is not clearly understood yet. Statistics show that it may run in families. In other words, if you have a family history of the disease, you are at greater chance of developing the same problem.

How about gender? It seems that the problem equally affects both me and women.

Currently, experts believe that it may be triggered by a combination of different factors – particularly such as genetic trait, wrong respond /overactive immune body system, and external factors (environmental factors).

The good news, it cannot spread from one to others (it is not contagious condition). Unfortunately though the symptoms can be treated, but there is a chance for the problem to recur because it is a chronic condition.

The best way to cope with the problem is by preventing the flare-up from recurring. Fortunately in many cases, it can be prevented with appropriate steps.

How to treat it naturally?

At present, doctors say that there is no cure for the problem, but the symptoms can be treated. The goal is usually focused to help improve the appearance & function of the affected nails.

In general, the kind of treatment for the problem is dependent on the symptoms that occur. For instance, if the problem also involves fungal infection, antifungal medication can be prescribed.

Furthermore, there are also home remedies that can help improve the problem quickly along with the medications prescribed by your dermatologist.

For instance, in areas where the affected nail has loosened, you can gently trim your nail back to the skin where it is closely jointed. This can be helpful to make your treatment work more effectively.

And make sure that all nail care must be done carefully and very gently! The following are other pieces of helpful information to treat and improve the problem naturally: