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A nail disorder can include any one of a number of conditions associated with the nails. These conditions can include fungal infections, bacterial infections, damage related to co-existing conditions and injury. The specifics of a nail disorder and how to treat it will depend on what condition a patient has. Typically, nail disorders are not life-threatening but they can be indicative, in some cases, of more serious underlying disease.
Changes to your nails due to a nail disorder will vary greatly from one condition to the next. Some signs to look for include:
There are a wide range of disorders and conditions that might trigger a nail disorder. Some of the most prominent are:
If your nails are showing signs of a nail disorder, you should consult closely with your doctor to determine an underlying cause.
Treating a nail disorder caused by a fungus involves several interventions, including medicated nail polish, antifungal medications and medicated nail cream. Structural deformities in a nail may require minor surgery or removal of the nail. Home care for nails should always include keeping them clean, trimmed and moisturized to reduce the chances of further exacerbating an existing condition.