common nail and skin conditions

2023-05-31

Common Ailments of Nails and Skin

Just like a building needs well-maintained materials and structures, our body requires proper functioning of the largest organic part, the skin, and its components, the nails. Unfortunately, many people suffer from frequent skin and nail conditions which can range from embarrassing to uncomfortable or even painful. Here, we take a look at some of these commonly seen ailments and their possible causes.

The Scourge of Fungal Affliction

Warmer, more humid spaces, like locker rooms and always-on sneakers, can be a playground for fungi to flourish and cause an infection in nails. Once attached, they can make one’s nails become thick, brittle, and vary in color. To ward off this danger, ensure that your feet are kept clean and dry; frequently change socks; and ensure that the shoes you wear allow air to pass through them.

Submerged Toenails: A Common Ailment.

Sharp pains and swelling can be the result of an ingrown toenail caused by an overly curved trim of the nails or shoes that are too snugly fitted. To prevent this discomfort, be sure to clip your nails in a straight line and find a pair of shoes that fit comfortably and do not pinch in any way. Additionally, try to avoid injuring your toenail.

Psoriasis: The Scourge of Nailbeds

Nail psoriasis is an ailment widely known for triggering indentations and uneven coloring of the nails. Moreover, this skin predicament is typically linked to other psoriatic spots on the body. Treatment covers topical corticosteroids, light treatment, and other pharmaceuticals.

An affliction affecting the skin, eczema causes swollen, red spots that can be tender and covered in scales. Researchers have come to the conclusion that there’s no single culprit for this condition being present – with a mix of genetic risk factors in the picture and lifestyle factors playing a role too. Fortunately, treatments are available, such as topical creams and oral medications, meaning one won’t have to cope with this disorder alone. Making alterations to one’s lifestyle can also help too – how we handle stress, for example, is a factor in this equation.

Acne is a very prevalent skin affliction, caused when too much natural oil and blocked hair follicles combine to create a variety of blemishes. Commonly expressed as blackheads, whiteheads, red bumpy pimples, or pus-filled cysts, acne can be brought on by a broad range of circumstances like hormonal shifts, stress, or even genetics. To keep it under control, it is important to cleanse your skin routinely and resist the urge to pick or press any of the raised spots.

People with fair skin are more prone to experience the effects of rosacea, a chronic condition characterized by redness, flushing, and bumps on the face. This skin malady can arise from various sources, including a combination of genetics and lifestyle triggers. Treatment may involve topical and systemic medications or changes to the patient’s routine which seek to minimize irritation from irritants such as spicy cuisine and alcoholic beverages.

In the final analysis, having uncomfortable, embarrassing, and even painful nail and skin problems can be frustrating and troublesome. Fortunately, there are remedial options and measures that can be taken to reduce risks of developing major issues. If you have questions or are experiencing unpleasantries related to your nails or skin, it is imperative to consult with a medical professional or a dermatologist for personalized recommendations customized to best fit your needs.

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