Nail Problems Specialist

Lumos Dermatology®

Dermatology & Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Flatiron, Gramercy, Murray Hill, New York, NY

Are your nails discolored? Have you been covering your nails with polish hoping it would go away? You may have an infection or an underlying skin condition. The board-certified dermatology team at Lumos Dermatology® in New York City’s Flatiron District in Manhattan can evaluate your nail problems, determine the underlying cause, and develop the most effective treatment. To schedule a consultation, call the office or click the online booking button today.

Nail Problems Q & A

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What are common nail problems?

Any change in the color, shape, or texture of your nail may be a sign of a nail problem. Some of the most common nail problems that should be evaluated by the board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® include:

Dark streaks

A dark streak underneath your nail may be a sign of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. It requires an evaluation by the team at Lumos Dermatology®. 

Greenish color

If your nail is greenish in color, you may have a bacterial infection. Without proper treatment, the infection may worsen and spread to other areas of your hand. 

Lifting of the nail

If your nail lifts from the nailbed, you may have a fungal infection. This condition can also develop from an injury to the nail or if you have psoriasis.

Ram’s horn nails

Ram’s horn nails refer to thick, overgrown nails. This condition usually runs in families and professional care by the team at Lumos Dermatology® is needed to help manage the overgrowth.

In addition to any changes in the appearance of your nails, you should schedule an evaluation if you experience redness, swelling, or pain around the skin of your nail. These symptoms may indicate an infection. 

What can I expect during an evaluation for my nail problems?

The board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® conduct comprehensive examinations when you come to the office with concerns about your nails. During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms and medical history and examines your nails and skin. A sample of your nail or skin may be taken to determine if your nail problem is due to a fungal, mold, or bacterial infection. 

How are nail problems treated?

Treatment for your nail problem depends on the underlying cause. The board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® develop individualized treatment plans based on your specific needs. Treatment may include medication to clear up an infection or management of any underlying health issue causing your nail problems.

The experienced team may also talk to you about proper nail care to prevent future nail problems, including hand hygiene and techniques for nail and cuticle care.

To have your nail problems evaluated by the board-certified dermatologists, call Lumos Dermatology® or request an appointment online today.  

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