Nails - Marlene J. Mash, MD

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Nails

Medical Dermatology
Things that we do in our daily life are often reflected in our nails.

    • Nail polish
    • Nicotine from cigarette smoking
    • Hair-coloring agents
    • Certain infections
    • Injury to the nail bed
    • Some medications, including antibiotics, anti-malarial medications, and some medications used in chemotherapy
    • Melanoma.
    • Overzealous cleaning under the fingernails
    • Nail polishes that contain hardening chemicals such as formalin
    • Rough removal of artificial nails
    • Ill-fitting shoes
    • Overzealous attention to the cuticles
    • Severe nail biting, which can expose underlying tissues to infection
    • Incorrect nail-trimming technique
    • Trauma (such as stubbing your toe)
    • Nails that naturally curve sharply on the sides and dig into the skin
    • Wearing tight shoes

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Diseases, conditions, and infections that may cause nail problems:

    • Psoriasis
    • Tinea (a fungal infection)
    • Fungal infection
    • Neglect
    • Injury
    • Poor circulation
    • Arthritis in the toes
    • Altered gait (walking) pattern
    • Age-related changes
    • Trauma to the nail matrix
    • Fever or illness
    • Eczema
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Peripheral vascular disease
    • Lichen planus infection

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