Nail Disorders

About Nail Disorders

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Although nail disorders are often painful and unsightly, they are usually relatively harmless. Many, such as bruises or hematomas, are caused by an injury, even a long forgotten injury. Others, such as white spots and ridges, often have no known cause.

So, if nail disorders are usually harmless, when should you become alarmed? You should contact a doctor at any sign of infection since you might need an antibiotic. These signs include:

  • Pus
  • Swelling
  • Redness

Did you know psoriasis can afflict the nails?

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Nails damaged due to biting.

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Scalded fingers and nails

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This is a fungal toenail infection called onychomycosis.

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A bruised nail or hematoma

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Onychia on a big toe

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Ingrown nail

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Onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the toenail

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Vertical nail ridges are usually harmless.

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Nail hematoma

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Nail Disorders