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    Hi, I have a fungal nail infection on my big toe nails, I believe this to be nail psoriasis? They are just really flaky and fall off but its odd as its just my big toes! Does curanail work? Pls any advice would be appreciated! As I am mortified at the moment about it! Thanks! Anna





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    Hi I damaged my middle right finger nail a couple of months ago by shutting the car door on it. The damage to the skin at the top of the nail which healed quickly and I expected to lose the nail. It's slowly grown out but there is still some nail at the tip. I was concerned about whether my nail will regrow or will I be left with a lumpy nail bed for the rest of my life? If so, is there anything I can do about it? Many thanks Kate





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    Hi..My big toe nail is yellow, stands away from the skin & behind the nail it just flakes! I went to my Dr who said it was a nail infection & there was nothing you can do to treat it?? When asked what I could do he said "put nail varnish on it to cover it up" I tried curanail but that did nothing! Its been like this for over a year now..Please can anybody help? Thank you





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    Can I do nail art on my nails which have psoriasis. I hope they don't get worse and cause further damage





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    Hello, I have had fungal nail infection in my big toe for a few years now and have tried putting a cream that the doctor gave me on it every day for 3 months but instead of getting better it gradually lifted away from the nail bed and has now fallen off completely! I have cleaned the nail bed up and am now continuing with the cream...but my worry is that my nail will not grow back??? Has this happened to anyone else? did your nail grow back?





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    hey, i used to pick my toe nails alot, i had an infection which i had puss filled blisters next to my nail. I went to the doctors and i got cream. That went away but my toe nail next to my big nail (on both feet) is discoloured and brittal. It doesnt grow out, it grows up. iv tried leaving it, iv tried the cream they give me. I dont think its fungal nail infection as its only them two toes. Iv had it for around 5-6years. My toe nail next to my big toe on my right foot came off last night (well half if it) it just lifted off, didnt hurt or anything. what is wrong with my toe nails? thanks.





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    Hi, My right thumb nail split down the middle and peeled away, a pulpy matter was underneath,its just a nail bed now and a nail wont grow,its really unsightly. My left thumb nail keeps splitting down the middle now and I have to glue it together, all my finger nails are ridged too. The doctor says there is nothing I can do !! Can you giver me some advice please?





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    Hi there, i have an unusual nail that keeps growing and splitting in the middle of the nail and i could pick at it to which i did once but that made it worse as i could feel more sensitivity underneath. I don't understand why i have one nail that does this. it grows lumpy like little mountains/ridges is the only way to explain it across the nail. It's my thumb nail and on my right hand side. Rest of my nails are fine apart form this one. I did shut it in a door when i was a teenager but that was like 15 years ago. It did grow funny after that happened but now its splitting. I was on medication for depression but that was over a year ago i stopped taking them and now this happens. My diet hasn't changed so i don't know what to do.





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    I have been treating my big toe nail for fungus it has now crumbled away and the nail bed is also discoloured can anyone please tell me if the nail will grow back and without the infection thank you





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    I cant feel the tips of my fingers and around the nails,and I can rip tips of my nail off without them bleeding and any pain.The base under the nail seems to grow over the nail it self and looks very dry. Have tried hand and nail cream for that.The sides of the nails seem to curl up instead of downwards to the skin and look discoloured and out of shape.I have taken clippings to the doctors and the result came back with no fungal infection. Can you suggest what it can be? Many thanks Lloyd





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    I was diagnosed with nail psoriasis two years ago, although I have had it much longer. I also have mild scalp psoriasis, this started in my early teens and comes and goes. I have the odd patch of skin psoriasis, sometimes around the nose or in the corners of my mouth (very sore). My nail psoriasis seems to affect my index, middle and ring fingers only, often mirroring on the opposite hand. It starts at the side of the nail with a sore, tender feeling and then I can see the skin at the side of my finger start to look dry and scaly. A redness starts to spread slowly under the nail and gradually the nail will detatch from the nail bed. By this stage I will need to trim my nails almost daily to stop any further trauma (often my nail can catch on things when doing housework, causing pain and further detatchment from the nail bed). My nails have never fully detached but I have had to trim them to almost half their usual length at times. My nail psoriasis comes and goes, sometimes I can get a clear break of up to a month before it returns again. Once a nail becomes affected, it can take 3-4 months to return to "normal". I use Dovonex cream at the first hint of soreness but I am not sure if this speeds up the recovery. I am lucky in some respects that my nail psoriasis doesn't cause my nails to go thick or yellow. I just get the soreness and the detatchment from the nail bed. I have pitting of the nails but not severely. My toenails do not seem to be affected (yet)!





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    I've lost the nail on my wedding ring finger to nail psoriasis completely, it's just crumbled away and all that's left is the nail bed. I also have NP in four of the nails on my toes and they have already separated from the nail bed...painlessly i might add! Its pretty distressing.





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    hi i have a serious nail condition all my finger nails have gone a wierd brown colour my doctor gave me steriod cream he said it was exzema of the nail all my nails then came off because of the steriod cream since then i have been to a specialist she didnt really care she fobed me off with steriod cream too so now i dont know what to do i dont go out because of it its so depressing i hate it

    Ask your gp to refer you to a skin specialist who will take scrapings from the nail to determine if it is psoriasis - I have suffered from this - both finger and toenails for around 8 years - unfortunately if it is nail psoriasis there is little that can be done.

    Do check with the doctor that you don't have a fungal infection. After that, keep nails fairly short and clean. Cover it up with a good nail varnish. Moisturising and a good hand/nail cream will help, as will any topical psoriasis treatment, but it'e hard to get anything behind the nail. Soaking in the bath with your usual coal-tar based product may help a bit. I've found the Psoriasis Association very informative.





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    Could you please tell me what treatment i could use for Poriosis in my toe nail. I have had it for about 5 years now. At first i thought it was a fungal infection but the doctor said it wasnt. Now the toe nail has shredded away at the top. I file it down to keep the discoloration to a minimum but it now looks like i have half a toe nail. luckily all my other nails are ok, but i have noticed over the last few months patches of dry skin on my elbows which i believe is psoriasis and so think that must be what i have on my toe nail. any suggestions?





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    I was told by my doctor that both my big toes had fungal nail infection (not actually tested though) as they were mildly discoloured. 1 of them looks like its trying to grow Another nail underneath. I was given nail treatment but didnt really follow through. I bought a scholl treatment and have been doing it religiously, i have 1 week left and my toes look worse than they did before! They are now white and discoloured and a little crumbly, hard etc, it's embarrassing. My mother has it too on both her big toes and she told me about 'nail psoriasis' so am wondering if this is actually what i have? I do have skin psoriasis on my scalp and have had for as long as i can rememeber. Its such a shame though to find out theres no cure for it as of yet.





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    Same here!! I have scalp psoriasis and my nails are suffering!! I just discovered that psoriasis is caused from too much yeast in the body. Get tested or do a home saliva test. (Saw on Dr, OZ). I'm giving up sugar and gluten as these feed the fungus. I've done this for one week and can't believe the difference!!

    I am 17 and have suffered with scalp and nail psoriasis since i was about15, i use devonex scalp solution which helps in the short term but i have not yet found a good long term option, as for the nail psoriasis well there doesnt seem much hope at all..





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    I understand and agree 100% with you alexandra. I have had skin psoriasis ever since I was a child and am now 30. However 3 years ago when I had my first child I developed nail psoriasis affecting every nail! when I stopped breast feeding it started to get better, but then ofcourse I decided to have another child, and BAM its back on every toe and finger again! Definately a link to pregnancy and hormones!

    I have mild psoriasis but I started to have nail separation which none of the anti fungals could fix. I went back to my Dr with an interesting thing that I found on one of my mess that said do not take with nail psoriasis. When I checked the symptoms and pictures. He didn't believe me. Each time I sent off nail clippings fungus was minimal which they could not explain. Anyway a bad flare where the whole nail came away. I took it to the surgery and it was sent to a dermatologist who confirmed my findings. The Dr was surprised. I was prescribed bet ovate ointment and liquid to put on the nail. It helped but not the excruciating pain. It was eventually discovered that I had psoriatic arthritis. My condition has worsened and I am humira and a plethora of pain killers. I get nail separation when I am stressed. If I get a flare of my nails I use exorex ointment. It smells awful but contains coal tar which I find stops the flare with minimal damage to the nail. I also have fibromyalgia so all downhill since 2006. At one point I wanted to cut the tip of my finger off because the pain was so awful. Not many Dr's know about psoriatic arthritis or disbelieve.





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    Hi. I am 57 and have had psoriasis since I was 15 (42 years). My nails have always been affected (pitting and coming away from the nail bed) and now for the past 9 years I have developed psoriatic arthritis. I have known for a long time that people with psoriasis go into remission if they visit the Dead Sea area. The sea is very salty and there is plenty of sun. It is known that the sea salts alone also help people's skin. What has now been realised is that it is the magnesium content of the salt that makes the difference. A lot of us are deficient in magnesium these days because we don't eat enough raw greens (magnesium is part of the chlorophyll molecule). I have been spraying myself with magnesium oil (available from health food shops & the internet) for the past few weeks and the last few patches of psoriasis that I have had for years have just disappeared. The magnesium is very easily absorbed through the skin. My big toe nail has been been only half attached for a year or two and now it is softening and a new nail seems to be growing underneath. Psoriasis sufferers - do look up the benefits of magnesium oil (actually it is a saturated solution of magnesium chloride).





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    I have had psoriasis in my nails around 10 years now, i absolutely hate the look of it so for the last 7-8 years I've had acrylic nails on..... Since the first of January this year though i haven't had them on as the acrylic nails REALLY don't help as when i used to catch a nail the whole nail would tear off :-( What I have found that helps though is 'skin hair & nail' vitamins (boots own work really well) I'm just waiting for two nails to grow out now & all my nails will be clear. But what worries me is when my nails are psoriasis free I'll go straight back to acrylic nails ....... Vicious circle!!!!!! To the people that get down , you're not on your own & I totally get where ur coming from.





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    I have nail psoriasis for the past two years, its so painful and embarrasing. I wear nail paint every day to try and cover up how ugly my hands look like. There was a time I loved the look of nails but now I hate them. Is it ok to use dovobet gel and still keep my nails painted?

    I have had this condition for 20 years in varying degrees of severity, brought on originally as a stress reaction to divorce.I have tried all sorts of lotions and potions to no avail. The most success I have had with any treatment has been monthly acupuncture (paid for privately myself) which has been controlling it for the last four years. Sadly my body seems to have "got used" to this treatment and it is flaring up again. No one seems to understand how uncomfortable it is-like having hot splinters pushed under every nail or like having a paper cut where the nail joins the finger. As a woman I am very self conscious about the appearance. Using false nails or nail polish just increases the discomfort. Doc just doesn't want to know. They won't believe it is psoriasis as I only have a tiny patch of psoriasis on my forehead.

    I have been suffering with Guttate Psoriasis for over the past 3 years and have just been psoriatic nail disease too. I was wondering if psoriatic nail disease is a separate autoimmune disease or does it come under my psoriasis?





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    I have psoriasis my nails come off what can I do to make better

    I have suffered from skin psoriasis, nail psoriasis and scalp psoriasis for around 8 years since age of 30. I think it was triggered by stress but is also hereditary as my mum has it. I find spending time in the sun/sea gets rid of it but obviously can't do that all the time! I use Dovobet steroidal cream for the stubborn patches and doublebase moisturiser for all over. I also have diprosalic scalp solution which is soothing when my scalp flares up. I have found that dead sea salt scrub is helpful (Dead Sea source) as you can feel it creating a waterproof barrier on your skin. Unfortunately I have yet to find anything to help the nail condition.





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    My GP told me that I have psoriasis in my finger nails. My nails are lifting from the nail bed and have thick white skin growing on the nail. It doesn't itch at all but have one nail that has detached half way down. He told me to use steroid cream around the cuticles. It's not helping. I have never heard of this and wondered if anyone has any ideas for me





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    I've the same clare. .I feel ur pain.. I feel like a lepor. . I've do anything to get rid of it!!

    You poor things, I can only imagine how painful that must be. My brother is a long term alopecia sufferer (7 years) and late last year developed psoriasis. It first started on his legs and although it used to flare up and look very angry it didn't really start to spread until he started using a steroid cream that the doctor prescribed, it spread from his legs to his entire body in a matter of a week, he feels so ugly, it has sucked the life out of him and his "so called" friends are too simple or just too selfish to care what's happening to him and it breaks my heart! If anyone reading this feels they need someone to talk to and share their problems - PLEASE don't suffer alone!

    I have psoriasis on my elbows knees and scalp, I also have a fungal nail problem which followed psoriasis a year later...are the two connected in any way?





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    Hello, I have got a problem with my finger nail, since January 2011 I have noticed few yellow oily spots under my nail. Every time when I have them the nail is lifted from the nail bed, and I have liquid coming from under the nail.Then I have to wait for the new nail to grow, and together with new nail I have got oily(yellow) spots under the new nail again, and again. I have been to a doctor many times. They also send my nail to be checked out,it came back that I haven got fungal nail infection. I have been given the fallowing medication so far : FLUXAFEN ERYTHROMYCIN FUCIDIN TRIDERM POLINAIL and I'm currently taking TERBINAFINE for 8 weeks and I still have oily spots under the nail, and my nail starting to lifting again from the nail bed. Please help, cos I so upset and fed up with that illness. Thank You. Karolina





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    I am a biochemist working in medical reseearch and have nail psoriasis myself- pretty much nothing is known about the causes and mechanism of the disease. Psoriasis research is at a standstill.





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    I had developed what I thought was a fungal toe infection in one nail a couple of years ago, but treated it with various over the counter medicine which seemed to make it worse. It was only recently that I discovered it was possible to have psoriasis in your nails, but this makes sense as I have had it on my scalp, face and occasionally other parts of my body for the last 20 years. I have it on 4 toenails now, but I keep my nails trimmed and painted with varnish and make sure my foot hygiene is good and my feet are well moisturised. I seem to get a new patch of psoriasis appear and an old one goes, so am hoping the toe nail thing is temporary!





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    I have the same condition, was tested by the doctor for fungal infection, came back as negative, The skin on my feet flake, some nails are sort of ok, some grow more and crumble... I have suffered from breakdowns and wonder if instead of skin psoriasis I have it in my nails?? My partner has skin psoriasis and nail psoriasis too

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    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

  • Folliculitis

    Episode 9 - Rally

    This week's episode includes a woman with a hair-raising illness, some unwanted leakage, an itchy scalp and a wake up call for Dr Christian… Read more →

  • Headlice

    Episode 2 - Kids

    This week's episode includes a young girl with vile verrucas that may prove to be life saving; a woman with a sore bottom whose problem is much deeper than it seems and a teenage girl with a severe scaly scalp. Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 8 - Oral

    This week's episode includes a man whose armpits are making his life hell, a couple with severe sexual discomfort and a case of very painful privates. Read more →

  • Christian and his dad

    Embarrassing Old Bodies Special

    The Embarrassing Bodies clinic has opened its doors for a one off special looking at the conditions and problems that affect older people. Read more →

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