Nails reflect our overall health, which is why proper nail care is so important. If your nails change, swell, or cause pain, see your dermatologist because these can be signs of serious nail problems. If you have diabetes or poor circulation, it’s especially important to seek treatment for any nail problems.
Have you noticed a change to any of your nails lately?
A change in color, texture, or shape can be harmless, but it can also be a sign of disease. If you notice any of the following changes to a fingernail or toenail, it’s time to see a board-certified dermatologist. Here are 12 nail changes a dermatologist should examine:
Dark Streak (Acral lentiginous melanoma)
Nail Lifting Up (Onycholysis)
Redness & Swelling Around a Nail (Paronychia)
Greenish-Black Color (Paronychia)
Pitted Nails (Pitting)
Yellow Nails (Yellow nail syndrome)
Deep Grooves/Gaps (Beau lines)
Ram's Horn Nails (Onychogryphosis)
Thin, Spoon-Shaped Nails (Koilonychia)
Washboard Nails (Onychotillomania)
Curved Nails (Clubbing)
Cited from the Mayo Clinic & the American Academy of Dermatology