Terry’s nails refer to a specific appearance observed in the nails, particularly the toenails. It is a condition characterized by a white or pale coloration of the nail plate, with a narrow pink or reddish-brown band at the tip. The condition was first described by Dr. Richard Terry in 1954.
Terry’s nails can be associated with various medical conditions, such as liver disease, chronic kidney disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, malnutrition, and certain medications. Treatment of Terry’s nails involves addressing the underlying cause, as the condition itself is typically a manifestation of an underlying health issue.
In cases where the underlying condition cannot be cured completely, management focuses on controlling symptoms and preventing further progression. This may involve implementing lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy diet, controlling blood sugar levels, and managing chronic illnesses. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific situation.« Back to Glossary Index