Dermatology and Your Nails

Most individuals give their nail health very little thought until they are faced with some condition that causes them to worry or even become alarmed. Many people visit their medical doctor when that happens, often suggesting that dermatology care may be the best option to solve the problem.Do you want to learn more? Visit West Dermatology Hillcrest.

A dermatologist is trained to deal with all kinds of nail disorders, as surprising as it may seem. Here are just some of the nail disorders that dermatology can treat.

Infections with the Nail

The appearance of white dots below the nail that do not seem to grow out may usually be the first signs of a nail infection. Redness around the nail, and pain when any pressure is applied to the nail itself, may accompany this. Nail infections can spread and cause the nail to come loose and fall off if left untreated, as well as cause other health problems. Like any infection, fevers, chills and other flu like symptoms may be caused by a nail infection. If you believe that you may have a nail infection, it is a wise decision to make an appointment with your dermatologist and get prompt treatment for this infection.

Toenails Ingrown

Ingrown toenails are usually caused by inappropriate nail cutting that allows the nail to curve down the sides and grow into the skin. This condition can be extremely painful and causes infections and influences the ability to walk if left untreated. In some cases, surgery to remove the ingrown portion of the nail may be indicated when the ingrown toenail has been left untreated for a long period of time.

Seeking dermatological therapy at the first sign of an ingrown toenail can save both your foot and your pocketbook a great deal of pain.

Fungus Nail

Finger and toe nail fungus usually begins in the nail bed beneath the nail. As your nails provide a damp dark place for the fungus to develop, this is a perfect place for a fungus to grow. For this very reason, treating nail fungus is also difficult. An untreated nail fungus can spread to other nails, thickening, flaking and breaking off your nails, and is often painful and irritating. A dermatologist can help you find the right treatment for nail fungus and teach you how to help prevent the growth of future fungus.