While nails are attached to the skin, the diseases that can affect nails are different than skin diseases. Many times nails can become infected, inflamed or deformed, which is known as onychosis.
Onychosis is inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the nail, especially in the creases where the nail attaches to the skin. The inflammation is usually the result of an infection.
To name a few, some other diseases include onychocryptosis or “ingrown nails” where the nail digs into the surrounding tissue and causes an infection, onychodystrophy where the nail is deformed and discolored, and onychogryphosis where the nail thickens and develops deep ridges and turns brown.
Contact our office if you are suffering from any nail issues.