Nail Disorders (Diseases and Infections of the Fingernails and Toenails) – Frisco, TX

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About Nail Disorders

Whether you like them long or short, painted or natural, your nails say a lot about you. There are many nail disorders that change the appearance or condition of your fingernails and toenails. Nail disorders could be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, virus, or an underlying medical disease, such as lung cancer or liver disease. If you discover a change in your fingernails or toenails, schedule an appointment with dermatologist Jennifer Dharamsi, M.D. She and her seasoned team of providers can diagnose and treat your nail disorder at Legacy Dermatology in Frisco, TX.

Causes

Nail disorders are commonly caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, as well as viruses. Some of the infections that affect the nails are anemia, ringworm, paronychia, athlete's foot, psoriasis, and eczema. Nail disorders may also be caused by an underlying condition in your body, like lung cancer, heart conditions, diabetes, as well as liver or thyroid disorders. During your exam, Dr. Dharamsi will examine your nails to find out the cause. While a physical exam is usually enough, a sample of your nail or cuticle might be taken for a better diagnosis.

Symptoms

If you have concerns about the appearance or condition of your fingernails or toenails, you should schedule an appointment at Legacy Dermatology. Some of the most common indicators of a nail disorder are inflammation beneath and around your nails, a change in the color of your nails, brittle or thin nails that split easily, and nails that are bumpy or grooved. In some cases, a nail disorder might cause pain in your nails, making it hard to hold objects or type on a keyboard.

Treatment Options

During your appointment, Dr. Dharamsi will complete a thorough exam to determine the kind of nail disorder and if there's an underlying condition. She will go over your treatment options based on your diagnosis. You may be prescribed an antibiotic for a bacterial nail infection or an antifungal medicine for fungal infections. Anti-inflammatory creams are also common treatments for nail disorders.

Strong, Healthy Nails

If you're concerned about the appearance or well-being of your fingernails or toenails, schedule an appointment with dermatologist Dr. Dharamsi. She will determine if you have a nail disorder and discuss your treatment options. Contact Legacy Dermatology in Frisco, TX to get more information on nail disorders or to schedule a private consultation.

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