Skip to Content
Home > Patients & Visitors > Health Library > Nail Psoriasis
Many people who have psoriasis have nail changes. This can involve:
Nail changes rarely happen without other signs of psoriasis. And sometimes changes in the nails can confirm a diagnosis of psoriasis. Nail problems happen most often in people with psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis of the nail can be very hard to treat, and
treatment is not always successful. Treatment is aimed at the white
half-moon–shaped root of the nail (the matrix).
Treatments include some of the same topical and systemic therapies that are used to treat psoriasis that affects the skin. In some cases, medicines can be injected into the nail bed.
Treatments take time to work, and you may not see improvement for months. New, healthy nails may need up to a year to grow.
January 9, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Send Us Your Feedback
North Kansas City Hospital.