Fungal nail psoriasis, also known as psoriatic nail dystrophy or psoriasis of the nails, is a condition that affects the nails of the toes. It is characterized by changes in the appearance and texture of the nails, which may include thickening, pitting, discoloration, crumbling, and separation from the nail bed.
Fungal nail psoriasis is believed to occur due to an immune system dysfunction, specifically related to psoriasis, which is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. It is important to note that fungal nail psoriasis should not be confused with fungal nail infections (onychomycosis), although both can affect the appearance and health of the nails.
While fungal nail infections are caused by a specific type of fungus, the changes in the nails associated with fungal nail psoriasis are primarily due to inflammation caused by an overactive immune response. However, it is possible for someone with fungal nail psoriasis to also develop a fungal infection in addition to the psoriatic nail changes, further complicating the condition.
It is advisable to consult a healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist, for proper diagnosis and treatment options if you suspect you may have fungal nail psoriasis or any other nail condition.« Back to Glossary Index