Nail Psoriasis: How to Prevent a Flare-Up

HealthAfter50 | Oct 3, 2016 Oct 24, 2016

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What to know

Although nail psoriasis is genetic and flare-ups may not be 100 percent preventable, appropriate care may limit the disease and allow your medicine to better penetrate the area. These seven tips may help.

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1. Keep them short

Your nails should be kept short, but take care not to cut into the flesh. Toenails should be no longer than the surrounding flesh and be cut straight across—no angling down at the sides—to avoid pain and possible infection of ingrown nails.

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2. Keep them dry

Prevent bacteria from growing under your nails by carefully drying them after washing.

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3. Moisturize regularly

Moisturize nails and cuticles frequently, especially after showering or bathing. This not only keeps them healthy, but it can also improve their appearance.

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4. Choose wider footwear

Wear shoes with a wide toe box to minimize friction, whicih can thicken toenails.

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5. Wear gloves

Put on protective gloves when cleaning up or working with your hands to minimize trauma and protect the nails from harsh household chemicals.

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6. Don't bite

Don’t pick or tear at your nails—the habit not only makes your nails look ragged, but it can also damage the skin around the nail and introduce infections.

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7. Avoid the salon

Avoid manicures or pedicures that may cause trauma to the nails or introduce bacteria. They can mask pitting and discoloration. A better alternative: Paint your own nails.