Fungal infections of the nails, particularly the toenails, are quite common but can also be incredibly frustrating. Fungal infections are commonly spread in locker rooms, pools, or other public spaces. If infected with fungus, the nails can become brittle, discolored, crumbly, or thickened. To prevent fungal infections, it is important to wear shoes in shared places, especially those that are warm or moist such as a public shower in a locker room. Nail fungus is more common among older adults, those with a family history, or those who have injured their nails. After evaluating your nail infection, Dr. Damstetter can prescribe treatment such as a topical or oral antifungal medication.
Psoriasis is a condition in which the skin cells multiply faster than they should, resulting in built-up patches that may appear red and raised or covered in white, scaly flakes. Psoriasis is most common on the elbows, knees, scalp, and back but can also affect the nails. If this is the case, the nails will typically be thick and can develop small holes or change in color. Some psoriasis patients may also have pain, discomfort, or tenderness on their nails. Psoriasis can also cause the nails to separate from the skin. When these symptoms occur, Dr. Damstetter can evaluate your psoriasis and recommend an effective option to restore the skin’s health, such as phototherapy, topical or oral medication, or corticosteroids.
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If you have a nail condition that is causing discomfort, deterioration of your nails, or self-consciousness about the appearance of your nails, a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Damstetter can help. Dr. Damstetter can make an accurate diagnosis for your nail condition and determine the appropriate treatment for you. To make your first appointment at Reserve Dermatology, call our Glenview, IL office or contact us online.