Psoriasis is not only limited to skin, but it can also affect both fingernails and toenails. Researchers say that nail changes can be seen up to 50 percent of people with psoriasis and up to 80 percent of people with psoriatic arthritis. Ayurvedic Treatment for nail psoriasis depends on the condition of the disease.
What is Nail Psoriasis?
Nail Psoriasis is a disease usually associated with Psoriasis. When psoriasis starts impacting the nail and nail bed causing nail dystrophy. It is commonly seen with the person who is suffering from any form of psoriasis. There are very fewer people who first showed the psoriatic symptoms in nails.
Signs and symptoms of Nail Psoriasis:
Signs and symptoms of nail psoriasis vary according to the part of the nail affected. Most commonly seen nail changes are:
- Thickening of the nail.
- Discoloration – unusual nail coloration, such as yellow-brown.
- Pitting – shallow or deep holes in the nail.
- Leukonychia – areas of the white nail plate
- Deformation – alterations in the normal shape of the nail.
- Onycholysis – separation of the nail from the nail bed.
- It can increase the nail growth and thickness of the nail plate
- Salmon patch is a translucent yellow-red discoloration in the nail bed
What causes Nail Psoriasis?
The exact reason or the mechanism of nail psoriasis is not understood clearly. It usually arises within the nail matrix. Most of the nail psoriasis patients will have the history of psoriasis and may be less 5% of people will exhibit nail psoriasis as the first symptom.
Complications of Nail Psoriasis
Nail psoriasis has an unpleasant look because of changes in its appearance and structural changes. The common complications are
- Swelling and tenderness
- Difficulty in work
- Secondary fungal or bacterial infection
- Mental anxiety
Nails are considered as the Malas (Waste product) of Asthi dhatu (Bone). During the dhatwagni paka the sara bhaga gets converted into the next dhatu i.e. Majja dhatu and during this process, the waste or mala of Asthi dhatu develops nails and hairs.
Most people see the changes in nail are those who are previously suffering from psoriasis, but researchers say that Less than 5% of patients have solely psoriasis of the nails. According to Ayurveda when a disease is not treated on time the vitiated dosha’s gradually spread to other Dhatu’s and produces diseases related to that dhatu. In psoriasis, if the dosas aggravated are not eliminated from the body those will enter into other dhatu like Asthi (bone) resulting in psoriatic arthritis and Nail psoriasis ( as the nail is mala of Asthi dhatu).
Nail Psoriasis and Ayurvedic Treatment:
As psoriasis affects the nail when the nail is being formed, it has to be treated from the root. When psoriasis is treated effectively the nail psoriasis also subsides. In general, It can take six months to a year for an affected nail to grow out and be replaced by a new nail.
Nail Care Tips for Nail psoriasis sufferers :
- In most cases, keep the nails trimmed.
- Use a nail file to keep nail edges smooth.
- Keep nails as short as possible.
- Wear protective gloves for washing clothes or dishes.
- Don’t expose hands to household cleaning products, including detergents.
- Wear gloves in cold weather and when gardening.
- Moisturize your nails and cuticles every day.
- Wear comfortable shoes with enough room for your toes.
- Don’t use your nails as a tool.
How long may it take to see the changes in Nail psoriasis?
In general, it depends on many aspects like age, nature of the deformity, injuries, etc… The minimum duration may be six months.
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* “Results may vary from person to person.”