Do nail disorders affect children differently than adults?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There are no major differences in how nail disorders affect children and adults. Children are susceptible to fungal nail infections, ingrown toenails, and other infections, just as adults are. However, kids who bite their nails or suck their fingers may be more susceptible to some nail disorders because these habits can introduce bacteria into the nail area, upping the risk of infection. For example, an inflammatory condition called paronychia is often seen in children. Children who plays sports like soccer or football may be at greater risk of ingrown toenails since the pressure and impact from kicking soccer or footballs can sometimes cause ingrown toenails.

Nail disorders do not affect children nearly as often as they affect adults. Age increases your risk of nail disorders, making children the least likely to have them. Children are not affected differently by nail disorders, however disorders stemming from nail biting and wet, irritated nail beds can be more difficult to prevent in children who cannot stop biting their nails or putting their fingers in their mouth.

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