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    I have a very thickened nail bed on both of my big toes, it's so hard that it actually feels a little like nail, but is still flesh coloured. Because of this, both nails have raised very considerably and now point upwards and sideways. I have seen different chiropodists for about 5 years, since the problem began after I developed blood blisters under my toenails as a result of a trauma to my toes. They have reduced the thickness of my nails, and so these are actually very thin now, but the nail bed remains very thick. Is there anything that can be done to reduce the thickness of nail bed? I have been told that I can have my nails removed, but I actually think the toes will look worse without nails, as the nail bed is very unsightly. Please help!!!





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    Hi I wanted to enquire if its safe enough to get nail art on psoriasitic nails or can have acrylic nails on my natural nails. I hope it would not harm my nails further





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    Hello. I have a problem with my finger nails. Two finger nails of both hands when they get at the certain lenght start curving downwards, it does not look nice and I cannot enjoy having long nails. I've noticed when the nails are wet they are the same shape as others, nice shape. Is something wrong with my nails? Does it show any health problems?





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    I have this also, it was just a couple of my nails a few years ago when i noticed it first, now more of them are curving. Mine too are fine when wet. It's horrible, i'm really conscious of it, I'd love to know why it happens but can't find any info on the net..

    Hello . my left thumb nail has over the past five years has cracks across it and bits are falling off it . I did see a DR and he said i have hit it not that i can remember. then he suggested a fungal nail treatment i did this but it did not work . and now i have noticed my right hand thumb nail is going the same way. I have looked on a few site however i can not find any like my nails.

    i am 20 and iv been biting my nails ever since i can remember. iv tried the creams, the bad tasting nail varnishes, iv worn gloves, fake nails the lot! but i always seem to push through them. once my nails have got too painful to bite i start to bite the skin around my nails then bite the hairs off the tops of my fingers or wrist. i hate it and dont know what to do!





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    My finger nails have gone from being strong, dull shine, slightly curved nails(when looking at finger tips with nails on top) to nails which are very soft and breakable, very shiny at the ends and curved so much that they look as though they have been pinched by pliers. My diet has not changed and there is nothing significant, as far as I can recall, that would cause this. . . .please help. Carla.





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    I used to bite my nails, now my tips grow way to early and there is only a tiny base for my nails. This seems silly but it means only half of what should be stuck to my finger is and that cause my nails to break alot, what should I do?





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    8 weeks ago I had my left hip replaced. All is going weel except for pain around theedges om big toe nails. I have also noticed that these nails have not grown in this time although the rest of my nails have. Is there any reason for this lack of growth? I am a 74 year old woman. Any help appreciated.





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    Its just where your nerves in your leg that need to get back to there usual function. When you had the hip replcement they to intfere with your nervus system and could cause them to have got damaged or reconfigure when the hip was replaced. But theres nothing to worry about really. Just keep an eye on the nails and they start to grow as normal again.

    Hi, whenever I cut my toenails there is a cheesy smell that comes from the nails, only from both big nails though. There is no smell from the toe until I cut my nails. There is no discolouration although they do seem slightly brittle. I have tried athletes foot treatments (creams, powder, spray, gels etc etc) but it doesnt help! I have no ideas what it is, any suggestions?





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    That means, dear Clarabelle, that there is a fungus among us... Seriously though, you have onychomycosis: a fungal infection of the nail. The good news is, that it sounds like you're still in the 'early' stage of infection, so if you begin treatment now you have a better chance of clearing it up than most. Go see your doctor immediately to begin treatment. In the meantime, pick up some Tea Tree Oil or Google "OTC Nail fungus treatment" and head on down to your local drug store. No matter what, don't ignore a possible infection...It only gets worse!

    I a 37 year old women who was diagnosed with Crhons Disease at the age of 22, in the last 10 years i have developed a problem with my finger and toe nails. My finger nails are not attached to my skin at the top of my fingers and my toe nails are growing to the side and have this thick white stuff underneath and are hard to cut. I have cuttings taken but it comes back with nothing, i would just want someone tell me what the problem is and if anything can be done.





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    My fingernails have developed a 'green tinge' some darker than others. I wear false nails (have done for many years!)and am terified that they will come loose and put my horrible nails on show. I have had nail clippings tested by my GP and the result has come back negative for fungal infection. Please help - do I need topical application or tablets? Know I need to ditch the false nails but I can't bear the sight of my hands without them!





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    I have psoriasis on all of my nails, hands and feet and have had it for many years. My skin psoriasis started when I hit puberty, I am now 50. The nail psoriasis started about 15 years ago and like everyone else am so embarrassed about it. All of my friends are getting their nail extensions done so they all have perfect nails. They look at me as though I am a leper. I have a small amount of finger nails so I tried false nails to hide them. I couldn't live without my false nails now and sometimes people comment on how nice they are! I don't care about the strong super glue type glue I have to use as my nails could not look any worse than they do already without using the glue. I run an emery board over the top of my toe nails to even out the pits and ridges and then paint them in quite a dark colour, this does help to disguise the thickened nails quite a bit. Hope this gives hope to some of you ladies, even you guys can try to stick some clear false nails on and then trim them down.





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    My toe nails have become yellow, thickened, lifting from the nail bed, with a smell coming from them and some of the nails have turned into a triangular shape pointed along the centre length, and the sides curly under - some are meeting in the middle. If the nail is pressed it feels tender. Some of my finger nails have lifted from the nail bed also. What treatment could I try, the doctor said I would have to have the nail pulled.





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    my toe nails have discolour and thickened i cut them short but i like to wear flip flops how can i treat this please help i am going on holiday in 4 months





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    I have psoriasis on my lower leg and elbows and scalp more than 30 years and ove the past 10 years my nails are affected. This is so depressing as I used to be proud of my hands and feet! The nails on my toes grow thickened and discoloured and ingrow so it involves regualr visits to a chiropodist to cut them effectively but it always returns. I cannot wear closed in dainty shoes unless they're loose fitting and I keep the nails painted and short... i get the classic signs- splintering and salmon oil spots I hate it and wish there was an effective treatment. I am sometimes in agony with the skin patch on my leg..so itchy and sore and scaly.. I guess a chronic condition but I try to stay positive!! :)





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    I have this (what I think) is a fungal nail infection on my toenails,Been to my doctor with it, sent off clippings, never got anywhere with that. I have had it for years and tried everything that is on the internet, posted so many comments on so many websites, never really got a decent reply or a remedy I have been using Curanail for over a year now, now the nails a crumbling and I dont have to cut them any more, just empty the dust from my socks I was told to file them down if they thickened, they did and I do, then apply this curanail varnish stuff If I ever knew where this lot are appearing, I'd be there waiting for them (its got to be somewhere that I can get to though) Getting to the point I am considering getting the nails removed, that would at least cure the nail fungus





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    My feet are very sore to walk on after a day at work , and the nails on both feet have thickened and gone white. I have tried creams but this has made no difference





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    Hi I have two big toe nails that are discoloured,slightly thickened and coming away from the bed half way up. My GP said the lab results said there was no infection. I have tried over the counter products and now at my wits end. I can not wear closed toe shoes. Any ideas would be appreciated, even a private consultation. Thanks KIm





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    My toe nails on my feet are really. Ugly and they black and hard. Also my finger . Nails. Are ugly. I dont have no finger Nail. They hurt i dont like showing my hands so i keep them balled. Up so people. Won't. See how ugly my finge . Nails. Are thete is nothing. I can do about my feet and finger. Nails can someone help me get rid of this its been 5 years. And i been to the dermatologis . And i dont think what he giving. Me is working

    I also have nail bed separation of both big toes (for 20 years or more). All other nails are fine/healthy. Both nails were separately injured many years ago. Both nails tested negative for fungal infection. Eventually consultants decided it was "probably" psoriasis. The only permanent solution they offered was complete nail removal. Both big toe nails can be painful with blood under the nails if I let them grow longer or if they get much more than gentle touch pressure. No drugs (topical or oral) have helped in the slightest. I tried several ways to trim the nails. The solution, that works for me, is to keep the nails VERY short (about half normal lenth or less!). I found I could not easily cut them this short. It was difficult as there was significant thickening under the nail. So I use a mains powered pedicure set of this type: http://www.dhgate.com/product/pen-shape-electric-nail-art-file-drill-kit/108725588.html . The important features (for me) are that it has a mains adapter (batteries would be expensive for regular use) AND it is cheap (£5 ish) AND I have found one particular bit and speed that is effective for me AND it isn't painful. So, sorry, no real cure but at least a way to manage the problem. Hope that helps.

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    I've had two toes nails on my left foot that have thickened Over the past two years whitish yellow colour. I thought they would Originally grow out but they haven't and they hurt quite a bit When cutting, sometimes causing them to bleed





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    For a number of years I have been having a lot of problems with my toe nails, ingrowing toe nails and a lot of thick skin growing under the nails, often hard to cut the nails which are discolored and very thick, unable to get the nails very clean and they are painful most of the time, have had cuttings of nails sent off but was told no fungal growth there, what is best treetment.





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    i have psoriasis on all my finger nails and on one of my toe nails i don't have it any were else. my nails are sore and getting shorter as the skin underneath grows away from the nails. is there nothing i can do apart from keeping my nails short.this started about 5 years ago and seems to be getting worse.





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    I have had psoriasis for about 8years - some on my skin but that clears quite well with the sun. My nails are bad with it and I have lost all of my finger nails on two occasions and they have just started to crumble and rot again. My two big toe nails are affected also - the worse thing is that there is a green pus like substance which comes from under the nails - mostly on my toe nails - I had both my big toe nails removed to try and stop this but it was unsuccessful - I had them redone about 5 weeks ago again - but already the 'pus' like substance is showing again. some of this comes from under the finger nails as well, my fingers around the base of my nail is constantly inflamed and when they are really painful I know there is a build up of this stuff and I have to release it. I have tried various medications including methotrexate but nothing has worked. I dont know anyone else with this pus stuff from their nails - anyone else have this problem or any ideas??

    Hello, I have suffered since having children with very dry skin around my fingers mainly being the middle and index ones. They become very dry and painful, usually the nails lifting up on the side and can come to a point where infections (pus balls around the nails appear). It is has only affected my finger nails not my toe nails. I have been to a consultant and they have mentioned that it is psoriasis/dermatitus but all the creams I have used do not help and the throbbing can become quite painful. When I see the picture as above my nails have not discoloured like this. Can you please help. Many thanks





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    I don't know if it is a boil or not but I've been having this itch for sometime now on my groins it wakes me up in the middle of the night with a sharp pinch that you wont feel comfortable without scratching it. It went to a point that my skin there get so hard and sore cos of the scratches. I went to my GP to complain about it and also show him my toe nails which were all turning black and thickened and he prescribe some Terbinafine saying it's nail fungus, I've been taking it for a month now and still there is no improvement. Please help my girlfriend cant stand it.





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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?

    If it makes you feel any better removing the toe nails permanently is sometimes the better option. I only had partial removal of my big to nails, when I was younger due to ingrowing nails, but it left me with thick nails, which over the years have got worse,(and yellow,and ugly,and uncomfortable)so I'll be glad when mine are gone.

    ive had problems with my big toe nails for a couple of years now, firstly they were ingrowing, then i had a bad case of overgranulated skin. now im left with nails upon nails. My big toe has upto 5-6 nails growing ontop of each other, it is becomming painful and doesnt seem to be stopping. what could it be? and what should i do. its very embarrassing and also my other foot is starting to do the same





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    Hi, I am 40 years old and have corns on both my feet, more on the right ones. I was told that when running the shoes I wore were my exact my fit, so when I ran there would be friction on my toe nails. For this reason I have corns on my toe nails and no longer have toe nails on some of my nails, on both feet. Can these be removed giving me back toe nails? Too embarrassed to wear sandals or flip flops, showing my feet. To change this will be a big weight off my shoulders!!





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    Daz, I'm exactly the same and after seeing a specialist, I'm sorry to say that it probably is inverse psoriasis that you have. It doesn't hurt, just causes thickening of the nails and tends to affect and area where there is skin that is covered (under nails, under hair thus the dry scalp, between your legs may get sore in winter etc...). You may be one of th elucky ones that only has problems with your nails. I'm going to look at using the Betacap (not seen or used this) and Dovonex which I use regularly on the nails to see how that helps. Somebody mentioned that did help them clear it up...

    ever since i was 7 i have had a problem with my nail i woke up 1 morning and the surface of my nails was ruff and the wer spooned shaped both finger nails and toe nails. i have been to the docters and had test and they cant find anything. ive had creams and medicines but nothing has seemed to cure it. i am now 17yrs old and its embarrising when i go out and people ask me about my nails. do u no if there is a cure





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    My problem with my fingernails started a year and a half ago, previously before I used to wear fake nails I had removed myself which was quite painful to say the least I noticed my 2 thumbnails started to change colour they became dark in colour at the sides of the nails. It then spread to my other nails causing all of them to change colour dramatically I seeked medical advice and treatment this didn't work I now resort to filing down my nails and painting my nails black so that no one notices how bad they are.I can send a picture of my nails if you can advice me of how to do so.. Thank you for your time





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