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Old 06-18-2011, 07:41 AM   #1
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Psoriasis of the Nails

I was recently diagnosed with psoriasis of the nails. Although my nails had showed signs of this for awhile--I kept putting off going to the dermatologist.

My nails are very pocked, ridged, paper thin, and one is already showing the worse signs of psoriasis of the nails--nail bed protruding down, etc.

My question is, does it mean that all my nails are going to get progressively worse, or maybe just stay the pocked, ridged, way?

I don't want them to get any worse.

I also have arthritis all over me, hands, too. I wonder who to go to see if this is psoriatic arthritis (went to a rheumy awhile ago on another issue and she was just awful) as I have read that usually is the case if you have nail psoriasis and arthritis.

Just wondering if anyone is similiar to me.

Thanks for reading!

 
Old 11-01-2011, 01:46 PM   #2
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Re: Psoriasis of the Nails

I have nail psoriasis along with psoriasis on other parts of my skin. The nail psoriasis has been present for a few years now, but has not gotten worse. There really isn't any good way to treat the nails with topical medicine, but sunlight certainly seems to help. I don't paint my nails anymore because the lack of sunlight to the nails makes the condition worse. Good luck!

 
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:46 AM   #3
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Re: Psoriasis of the Nails

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I was recently diagnosed with psoriasis of the nails. Although my nails had showed signs of this for awhile--I kept putting off going to the dermatologist.

My nails are very pocked, ridged, paper thin, and one is already showing the worse signs of psoriasis of the nails--nail bed protruding down, etc.

My question is, does it mean that all my nails are going to get progressively worse, or maybe just stay the pocked, ridged, way?

I don't want them to get any worse.

I also have arthritis all over me, hands, too. I wonder who to go to see if this is psoriatic arthritis (went to a rheumy awhile ago on another issue and she was just awful) as I have read that usually is the case if you have nail psoriasis and arthritis.

Just wondering if anyone is similiar to me.

Thanks for reading!
Hello! I am have had psoriasis on my nails since I was 14, I am now 18. Did you have a biopsy to make sure it actually is Psoriasis? My nails would not all be affected at one time. For example though, my index finger on my right hand would start to pit, which was the mine usually was, then shortly after my index on my left would also start to pit. The derm can prescribe creams for psoriasis. It all depends the person I guess on what works and what doesn't. Thankfully insurance was good, the one cream was almost 800$ for a tube! Crazy. If you have not had a biopsy of your nails, I would for sure ask about one from a derm.

As for the arthritis, I was also diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis when I was 15. The main thing with that is soreness in tendons more than actual joints. Personally, my tendons closest to my cuticles would be the most painful. My rheumy referred me to the derm, which both closely worked together to decide that Enbrel would be a great medication for me to try. I have been on it for almost two year and has given me my nails & life back almost.

I hope that helped.. sorry for giving you my life story

Best of luck! Let me know if you have anymore questions!!

Darian

 
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Re: Psoriasis of the Nails

Hi,

Thanks for the response. Actually, I didn't have a biopsy--the dermatologist I had just said it was Psoriasis. I did not know whether she was correct or not in just determining that by looking, but took her word for it-until I stopped going to her because she screwed up something else (long story).

I need to see another dermatologist for quite a few issues and am concerned over the possible psoriasis, too. I will be sure to ask for a biopsy. Thanks!

 
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