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What are plicatured nails?

Author: Craig Payne
by Craig Payne
Posted: Feb 25, 2023
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Plicatured nails, also known as folded nails or ridged nails or pincer nail, are a type of nail abnormality that can affect individuals of all ages and genders. This condition is characterized by the presence of multiple transverse ridges or folds on the surface of the nail, which may give it a corrugated or pleated appearance. There are several possible causes of plicatured nails, including genetics, underlying medical conditions, and certain lifestyle factors. In some cases, this condition may be inherited from one or both parents, although the exact genetic mechanisms involved are not yet fully understood. Other potential causes of plicatured nails include chronic or acute illnesses, such as thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, and fungal infections. Plicatured nails may also be a side effect of certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs or beta-blockers. In addition to these underlying medical conditions, there are several lifestyle factors that may contribute to the development of plicatured nails. These can include poor nutrition, excessive alcohol consumption, and exposure to harsh chemicals or trauma to the nail bed.

Despite the various potential causes of plicatured nails, the condition is typically benign and does not require medical treatment in most cases. However, if the underlying cause is related to an underlying medical condition or medication, treating that underlying condition may help to alleviate the symptoms of plicatured nails. The cutting or trimming of the nails, particularly the toe nails can be a problem and the skills of a podiatrists may be needed to help. In some cases, plicatured nails may also be a sign of a more serious underlying health problem, such as a respiratory or cardiac condition. Therefore, individuals who notice persistent or severe nail abnormalities should consult with a healthcare professional to rule out any underlying medical issues. In terms of prevention, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating a well-balanced diet, and avoiding exposure to harmful chemicals or trauma can help to reduce the risk of developing plicatured nails. It is also important to seek prompt medical attention if any persistent or severe nail abnormalities are noticed, in order to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. There is not much that can be done to surgically correct these nails, so ongoing professional care may be needed. One drastic option if they do become difficult to manage is the complete surgical removal of the toe nail.

Plicatured or pincer nails are a common nail abnormality that can have a variety of underlying causes that can be quite a problem. While this condition is typically benign and does not require medical treatment, it is important to seek prompt medical attention if persistent or severe nail abnormalities are noticed, in order to rule out any underlying medical issues and receive appropriate treatment if necessary. For the toe nail due to pressure from the shoes they can become painful and regular care from a good podiatrist may be needed. Discussing your problem and the nature of it with a podiatrists can give you guidance on the best way to manage the problem in the long term.

About the Author

Craig Payne is a University lecturer, runner, cynic, researcher, skeptic, forum admin, woo basher, clinician, rabble-rouser, blogger and a dad.

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