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How to improve nail psoriasis

If you have psoriasis, it's important to check your nails – both your fingernails

and toenails – for signs of nail psoriasis. If your nails have tiny dents, lifting,

discoloration, thickening, or crumbling, you may have nail psoriasis.

To help reduce nail psoriasis, keep your nails trimmed short, as built-up under the

nails is a common issue associated with nail psoriasis.

Avoid biting or picking your nails, including your cuticles. Injuring your skin increases

your risk of infection, which could worsen your psoriasis.

To kick this bad habit,

try applying bitter-tasting nail polish, or replacing this habit with a better one,

such as playing with a stress ball.

Moisturize your hands and nails.

Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or washing your hands to lock in moisture.

Thick creams or ointments are best.

Protect your nails. Wear gloves when

doing housework, yard work, or other labor-intensive work to prevent your

psoriasis from flaring.

If you are concerned about the appearance of your

nails, consider gently buffing them to help smooth the surface or wearing nail polish.

Artificial nails should be avoided, as they may contribute to your

nails separating and lifting from your fingers.

For more tips on managing nail psoriasis, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.