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Should I talk to my doctor about my nail psoriasis symptoms?

If you are experiencing symptoms that could be caused by nail psoriasis, you should talk to your doctor. These symptoms may include nail discoloration or dents, as well as pain or what can look like an infection. It is especially important to talk to a doctor if you are experiencing symptoms and have a family history of psoriasis. Since nail psoriasis usually accompanies general skin psoriasis, symptoms may be indicative of a more widespread problem. It is important to see your doctor as soon as possible to begin treatment. Going without treatment can cause more severe symptoms eventually, including severe itching and joint pain.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you are having symptoms of nail psoriasis, you should see a doctor. There are several treatments that he or she can offer to help relieve any discomfort you are having and help your nails regain their normal appearance.

Nail psoriasis affects up to 50% of people who live with the autoimmune condition psoriasis. Another reason why it's important to check in with your doctor is that nail psoriasis is often accompanied by psoriatic arthritis, a debilitating condition in your joints that should be diagnosed and treated early.

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