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Nail Disease

Nail Disease

Nail diseases are typically categorized as fungal infections. In scientific terms, they are referred to as tinea unguium or onychomycosis. Both fingernails and toenails can become affected by nail conditions. In the United States, about one in 10 people are affected by some nail disease. Older individuals are at higher risk of developing these problems.

At Mohave Dermatology, we offer top-notch nail disease treatments. Our expert team is here to help you understand what causes these infections, what your treatment options are, and how best you can manage them.

What is Nail Disease?

Your nails protect the tissues of your fingers & toes. They’re made up of layers of keratin, (hardened protein) that is also present in our skin and hair. The overall health of your nails can also be an indication of your physical health. Healthy nails are generally consistent in color and have smooth surfaces. Nail diseases can alter the condition and appearance of your nails.

Nail diseases are deformities of the fingernails and toenails. In most cases, these are fungal infections, and the symptoms can vary significantly. However, the common symptoms of nail disease include:

  • Nail soreness or pain
  • A distorted appearance
  • Yellowish streaks
  • Bleeding around nails
  • Thickened nails
  • Pitted nails
  • Nail darkening
  • Brittleness
  • Foul smelling nails
  • Separation of nails from the nail bed

The Causes of Nail Infections

Nail disorders are caused by several different fungi, as the pathogens infiltrate the skin through minute openings between the nail bed and the nail itself. If the surrounding spots are unventilated, moist and warm, it doesn’t take long for the fungi to propagate. Some of the other factors that can give rise to nail infections include:

  • Profuse sweating
  • Walking barefoot in outdoor/public areas
  • Family history
  • Poor health
  • Poor circulation
  • Conditions like diabetes

Nail Disease Treatment at Mohave Dermatology

If you suspect that you have some form of nail infection, call us and schedule an appointment without delay. Our professional dermatologists have treated thousands of patients with nail disease and can offer sound advice and the best treatments. We will perform a nail scrape and test it to determine what the cause of the infection is. Based on the results and our diagnosis, we will provide suitable treatment.

Our dermatologists are highly skilled and experienced and can easily differentiate between various nail disorders and conditions that show similar symptoms (such as yellow nail syndrome). There are numerous treatment options for nail disorders, such as:

  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Oral anti-fungal medications
  • Topical over-the-counter anti-fungal medications

At our office, we offer specialized laser nail treatment as well. This treats the disorder or infection wholly and almost painlessly. If the infection is severe, complete removal of the affected nail may be necessary. We understand that nail disease can cause pain and unpleasant symptoms, which is why our team is here to address all your concerns and offer the best treatment options.

Since every person’s body reacts to infections differently, we adopt a tailored approach and make sure that you have a say in the treatment you receive.  We use our in-depth knowledge, training, experience, and the latest technology in the diagnosis. This means you are always assured of the most accurate assessment and the best-suited treatment for your condition.

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What makes us different is that we offer personalized attention to each patient and every member of our staff is friendly, professional, and supportive, and you get the most efficient services at all times. Healthy skin is something we are passionate about. If you notice any symptoms of nail infection that you believe requires attention, we are here to help you manage it in a way that works best for you.

Our team of experts is here to provide all the information you need about our services. You can also schedule an appointment with us, via this online form.

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To help control oily skin, dermatologists recommend the following tips:

1.Apply sunscreen every day before you go outdoors.
Sunscreen is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. It really can slow down skin aging. It can also help prevent skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance. While it’s important to protect infants’ skin from the sun, the AAD recommends applying sunscreen ONLY to children who are 6 months and older.

2.Don’t smoke.
Smoking speeds up how quickly your skin ages. If you smoke, your wounds will also take longer to heal. And research shows that smoking worsens some skin diseases, including psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa.

3.Check your skin for skin cancer.
Skin self-exams can help you find skin cancer early when it’s highly treatable. If you notice a spot that differs from the others, or one that changes, itches, or bleeds, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

4.Use a self-tanner if you like looking tanned.
Anytime you tan indoors or outside, you prematurely age your skin. You also increase your risk of getting skin cancer. A self-tanner can give you the look you want without the risks. To keep your skin healthy, you want to protect it from the sun even when using a self-tanner.

5.Use skin care products that match your skin’s needs.
What’s your skin type — oily, dry, normal, combination, or sensitive? Do you have a skin condition? Using products formulated for your skin’s needs will help your skin look and feel its best.

6.Resist the urge to scrub your skin clean.
If you’ve been sweating heavily or have a serious acne flare, it may seem natural to scrub your skin. Don’t! Scrubbing irritates your skin, which can worsen any skin condition, including acne.

7.Wash your face when waking, before bed, and after sweating.
Washing when you wake up removes the dirt and bacteria that settle on your face while sleeping. Before bed, you want to remove makeup and grime, such as smog, smoke, or dirt, which may have landed on your skin.

8.Gently wash your face.
Gentle cleansing helps skin look its best. To gently cleanse your face, wet it with lukewarm water. Then apply a mild cleanser, gently applying the cleanser in a circular motion with your fingertips. Finish by completely rinsing off the cleanser and gently patting your face dry with a clean towel.

9.Stress less.
Finding healthy ways to manage stress can help your skin, too. Some skin diseases like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (eczema) often appear for the first time when someone feels really stressed. Stress can also cause flare-ups of many skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

10.See a dermatologist if you dislike something about your skin.
When it comes to our skin, dermatologists are the experts. These doctors diagnose and treat thousands of different skin diseases. They also have the expertise needed to help people safely rejuvenate and care for their skin. (taken from the American Academy of Dermatology)

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