Nail Problems

Nail Problems affect people of all ages. Common causes of nail problems include trauma, infection and various skin diseases, such as eczema and psoriasis. Diet is generally not responsible for abnormal nail changes, unless the person is suffering from severe malnutrition.

Some of the more common conditions that affect nails include:

Thickened nails
Ridged nails
Splitting nails
Lifted nail plate
Bacterial infection
Fungal infection
Skin diseases
Other diseases
Advancing age


Any abnormal changes to your nails should be medically investigated. See your doctor for treatment or possible referral to a dermatologist. If the cause of your nail problem is not immediately apparent, nail clippings and scrapings from beneath the nail may be taken for laboratory analysis. Fingernail infections usually respond faster to treatment than toenail infections. Depending on the cause, treatment options may include:

Antibiotics for bacterial infections
Anti-fungal preparations, mainly oral tablets, for fungal infections in the nails
Treatment for any contributing skin disease
Advice on appropriate nail care


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