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Re: 20 nail dystrophy or trachyonychia

Re: 20 nail dystrophy or trachyonychia

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Posted by Marti on November 14, 2000 at 08:54:32:

In Reply to: 20 nail dystrophy or trachyonychia posted by Donna Kelley on November 13, 2000 at 21:21:29:

: My 7 year old daughter has 20 nail dystrophy and a dermatologist gave her Dovonex and a steroid cream to rub into the nails nightly. It has been about 2 months with no real result. It has not been enough time for a new nail to grow yet but I donot feel optimistic. The physician did not seem very optimistic when she prescribed it. What experience has anyone else had with this condition? Any info is greatly appreciated.

As a 33 year educated veteran of the professional nail industry, I have never heard of this condition! I have listed 2 other nail diseases that could be construed as 'dystrophy', since this word means a 'wasting away' of the nail plate. You just might want to take her to her pediatrician to see if there may be other health issues causing the nail problem.

Onychatrophia is an atrophy or wasting away of the nail plate which causes it to lose its luster, become smaller and sometimes shed entirely. Injury or disease may account for this irregularity.

Psoriasis of the nails is characterized by raw, scaly skin and is sometimes confused with eczema. When it attacks the nail plate, it will leave it pitted, dry, and it will often crumble. The plate may separate from the nail bed and may also appear red, orange or brown, with red spots in the lunula. Do not attempt salon treatments as this is a highly contagious condition. Consult with a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.

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