Nail psoriasis is nothing to do with hammers and DIY projects, and everything to do with those 20 claws we all have on our bodies.
I really can’t remember when I noticed that I had nail psoriasis. I just remember clipping my nails one day and noticing that it looked like skin had built up underneath them, and that there were small little “potholes” on the surface.
From reading several studies, it appears that nail psoriasis is pretty common for those who are already lucky enough to have psoriasis on their skin. In fact, some reports say that 1 in 2 people with psoriasis develop it. So don’t be alarmed, its kind of abnormally normal!
What do nails with psoriasis look like?
PITTING: The most noticeable textural difference is known as “pitting”. Imagine a little man on your nail, repeatedly bludgeoning it with a rock.These are basically punched-in depressions around the nails where they appear to have sunk in a bit.
BROWN NAIL: Another common sign of psoriasis is your nail turning a brownish colour. I only have this on a few nails, but its quite common. They’re also known as “oil spots.”
CRUST CRUMBLE: Nail crumble is not as tasty as it sounds. Basically, with nail psoriasis, the nail bed starts building up lots of dead skin cells at the ends. Make sure to clean them out regularly.
WHITE BITS: Nail psoriasis can sometimes cause a condition known as Leukonychia, which are little white-coloured areas on the nail. It’s not unsightly in my opinion – I have always thought it looks like a glint of light reflecting off the nail.
THE LOOSE NAIL: Another nasty little symptom of nail psoriasis is known in the medical world as Onycholysis. This is when the psoriasis messes with the nail bed so badly that it causes the nail to fall off. Sometimes it won’t separate completely, but it will become unstable. Right now, I think this is what is happening to my pinky toe-nail, but I’m trying to save it! God damn, stay in there pinky! Hold on!
THE THICK NAIL: Sometimes psoriasis makes your nails real fat. Essentially, the dead skin cells keep piling up, getting compacted together, until they form a nice, thick layer.