What Is a Nail Disorder?

A nail disorder is a condition that affects the health and appearance of your fingernails or toenails. This encompasses a variety of issues, including those caused by physical trauma, fungal or bacterial infections, or inflammatory skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. For example, a nail might become discoloured or brittle due to a fungal infection, while physical trauma can cause bruising or even loss of the nail. Certain disorders are linked to skin conditions, like psoriasis, which can cause pitting or unusual nail growth.

Common Symptoms Of Nail Disorders

When it comes to nail disorders, the symptoms can vary widely but generally revolve around changes to the nail’s colour, shape, thickness, or overall condition. Some typical signs to watch out for include:

  • Discolouration of the nail, turning it white, yellow, or a darker colour
  • Pitting or small dents on the surface of the nails
  • Thickening or thinning of the nails
  • Brittleness or increased fragility of the nails
  • Separation of the nail from the nail bed
  • Swelling or redness around the nails
  • Pain or discomfort in the nails

Common Causes Of Nail Disorders

Nail disorders can be brought about by a variety of factors. From lifestyle habits to underlying health conditions, some common causes of nail disorders are:

  • Fungal or bacterial infections
  • Physical trauma or injury to the nail
  • Inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis
  • Constant exposure to moisture or chemicals, resulting in paronychia (infection of the nail fold)
  • Underlying health conditions like diabetes or vascular disease

Diagnosis of Nail Disorders

Diagnosing a nail disorder usually starts with a visual examination, but other diagnostic methods may be employed to determine the exact condition. Here are common ways to diagnose nail disorders:

  • Physical examination of the nail and surrounding skin
  • Microscopic examination and/or culture of nail clippings to identify fungal or bacterial infections
  • Biopsy of the nail or nail bed in some complex cases

Nail Disorders Treatment Options

In many cases, topical cream or ointment can be used to address infections or skin conditions affecting the nail. For fungal infections, antifungal medications might be necessary, which could be either topical or oral, depending on the severity. In the case of physical trauma, the nail may need to be removed to allow for the growth of a new, healthy nail. Sometimes, lifestyle modifications like better nail hygiene or avoiding certain activities or chemicals can help prevent further damage and promote healthier nails.

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Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen

Medical Director & Consultant Dermatologist

MBBS (S'pore) MRCP (UK) FAMS (Dermatology)

Special Interests In:
  • Paediatric Dermatology
  • Women’s Dermatology
  • Procedural Dermatology & Lasers

Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen is an accredited Adult & Paediatric dermatologist managing a wide range of skin, hair and nail conditions. The clinic provides services for medical, surgical, cosmetic, women’s and paediatric dermatology.

  • MBBS (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • MRCP (Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom)
  • Specialist Accreditation Board, Dermatology (Singapore)
  • FAMS (Academy of Medicine of Singapore, Singapore)
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