Nail Health Can Be an Indicator of Other Medical Problems

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Toenails and fingernails often play a role in the basic structure and function of your hands and feet. While the natural processes of aging can have an effect on your nails, significant changes could also herald an undiagnosed medical issue.  

You might be concerned if you’ve noticed thickening, thinning, changes in color, or striations in your nails. This could potentially be related to a condition affected one or both of your kidneys, or a possible side effect from a new medication. Sometimes these issues can be related to developing nail fungus infection, or a chronic illness.

A minor or significant splinter hemorrhage might also be a cause for concern. This could cause white lines and striations to develop in your nails. Sometimes a splinter hemorrhage is related to a past injury, certain prescriptions medications, or a symptom of a chronic medical condition.

It’s also important to note that skin hygiene can sometimes affect your nails. This could also include bad habits can like nail biting and finger sucking. Sometimes people who work in a wet environment, or wash their hands excessively will notice a change in the appearance of their nails.

In a situation like this, you should consider scheduling an appointment at Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Specialists to shed greater light on the problem. Dr. Natalie Driessen can assess the health of your nails and other contributing factors. Once this is done she can help you understand the necessary treatment plan or refer you to a specialist for further care.

If you live in the Palm Desert, California, area and you have noticed a significant change in your fingernails or toenails, you should schedule a consultation at Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Specialists’s clinic.