Nail Conditions IN Burbank, CA
What are the types of nail disorders?
Nails are composed of laminated layers of keratin that grow from the base of the nail under the cuticle. If nails are healthy and uniform in color, they are considered healthy. If you have ridges and white spots, these may happen due to injury, but these do grow out.
Many disorders affect nails, including trauma, infections, paronychia, deformities, retronychia, and ingrown toenails. Disorders can occur in systemic illnesses and genetic conditions or result from trauma. See your doctor or dermatologist if you have any of the following disorders in your nails.
Most nail disorders are fungal (onychomycosis). However, viral and bacterial infections can cause green nail syndrome, herpetic whitlow (herpes simplex virus 1), and parasitic infections like crusted scabies, which lead to changes in the nail plate.
Warts result from human papillomavirus infection and can infect the proximal nail fold and the subungual area. Onychophagia or nail biting also spreads this infection.
Other disorders and conditions also include psoriasis, periungual hemorrhage, or scurvy. The color of the nails often changes from their normal see-through color to a yellowish, opaque color. Nails become hard, thick, and ingrown. The best way to stop this disorder is to eat well, take care of your feet, and avoid trauma to your nails, and call your medical provider.
Ingrown nails or onychogryphosis is a common nail problem. The big toenail generally gets an ingrown toenail. Causes can include improper trimming, poor posture, and tight shoes. As a result, the corners of the nails start to curve and grow into the skin. This condition is very painful, can lead to infections, and needs medical treatment as soon as possible.
Toenails need special attention in those with diabetes or peripheral vascular disease and older people. A podiatrist can help by assisting in routine nail trimming.