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Not sure what to do about fingernails?

Hello everyone.

I’m glad to have found this community because I’ve been quite lost lately and not sure what to do.

2-3 months ago I noticed my pinky fingernail started to look unhealthy and began crumbling.

I went to the doctors and they took a clipping, did a blood test, urine test and everything came back normal and no trace of fungus.

The doctor said there’s nothing that can be done about it and I just have to live with it, but it’s been getting worse with my mail starting to detach and it is starting to spread to the next finger.

I nail is getting shorter and shorter and there seems to be thickened tissue underneath the nail.

I’m not sure what do do - any advice would be appreciated.

Is it psoriasis?

Should I go see a dermatologist?

Could it be fungal and the test was a false negative?

Thank you all

  1. Hi , welcome to our community. We are so glad you found us!! I can understand why you would be confused and frustrated. Since we can not provide medical advice via the internet (for your safety), I would encourage you to see a dermatologist. You deserve to have answers to your questions. In the meantime, I wanted to send over this article to you. I hope it is helpful. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
    Jill, Team Member

    1. Hi , welcome!!

      Thank you so much for sharing. I know it can be quite distressing when anything is going on with the nails. I can empathise because I struggle with the nails detaching too. I remember at one point the nail on my little finger was only attached by about 2-3mm. In my personal case this is due to psoriasis, although there are other causes. Once I discovered that it was related to my psoriasis I was able to get it more or less under control with some treatment. I've found that cutting off the detached part of the nail seems to help as it reduces the likelihood of the nail catching on something and getting irritated further. That's just my personal experience though and we are all different. As Jill says, it sounds like it's worth some further investigation as the fungal tests came back negative. Do you already have a psoriasis diagnosis?

      I really hope you can get some answers and a chance at finding something that may help. Please feel free to reach out anytime you need to talk. Hugs! -Catherine, Community Moderator

      1. Wow, the moderators here are really great. Thank you for the information guys.

        1. That is what we are here for 😀, we are glad to help. Jill, Team Member

      2. I too have messed up finger nails they are what I was told was trees because thats what they look like they are bumpi n indented n ridged

        1. it sounds like you also struggle with some nail issues. It can be so frustrating! Am I understanding you correctly that your doctor told you your nails were like trees? Have you found anything that helps? I also wanted to share with you this article about some treatment options for nail psoriasis. Wishing you a gentle day. -- Warmly, Christine (Team Member)

        2. Hi . I have to say that is a first for me hearing someone's nails being referred to as trees. It took me a few minutes to think about a tree but I can see why they would make that comparison. I hope you find something that works for them to not look like trees anymore. Vickie W., Community Moderator

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