What to Know about Manicures and Psoriatic Arthritis
Inflammation in the joints causes swelling and stiffness, and is a form of Psoriatic arthritis. The umbrella term for both PsA and Psoriasis is “Psoriatic disease”.
Symptoms that affect your nails are possible if you are living with PsA. This is referred to as PsA with nail involvement by healthcare professionals. You may notice that your nails are pulling away from the nail bed.
“You don’t need to completely skip this popular form of self-care if you’re hesitant to get a manicure. You should take precautions to protect your nails and prevent disease progression.”
If you have PsA, you need to know how to get a manicure and how to prevent it from happening.
PsA can affect your nails in many ways.
Nail involvement could be a sign of worsening psoriatic disease. Experts state that nail involvement could indicate the development of PsA in people who haven’t had other symptoms, like joint pain and stiffness.
Almost 90 percent of people living with PsA develop nail involvement. Both fingernails and toenails can be affected. Nail involvement can affect any number of your nails. Some people have symptoms on only a single nail, while others have symptoms on all 20.
Some common symptoms of PsA in the nails include:
- Pitting: shallow or deep holes in the nails
- Onycholysis: separation of the nail from the nail bed
- Thickening of the nail plate: creates a heavy sensation in the nails
- Deformation: changes to the nail bed
- Beau’s lines: horizontal ridges in the nails
- Onychomycosis: fungal infection in the nails
- Discoloration: nails turn white, yellow, or brown
- Crumbling: nails have a crumbly appearance
You may develop nail involvement without other symptoms of sphygmomany. If the changes on your toenails appear to be nail involvement, be aware that your doctor may misdiagnose.
It is difficult to get a manicure when living with PsA. There are some parts of the process you will want to avoid.
When you get a full manicure, you typically have to apply several harsh chemicals. This can cause damage to the nails.
The cutting or pushing of the bicyle can cause harm to your nails. It can cause an infection in your skin.
However, nail polishes and nail polishes that are acetone-free are generally OK to apply to the nails. They can help cover up nail problems.
You can take steps to help prevent problems with your nails when you get them done at a salon or home. When you get a manicure, you should ask the person doing your nails to use gentle buffers.
- The skin is touching the cuticles.
- Using harsh chemicals.
- Artificial nails are being put on.
You should follow the same advice when doing your nails.
If you avoid artificial nails, harsh chemicals, and heavy scraper of the nails, nailpolish and manicures can be part of your nail care routine.
You can take more steps to help care for your nails. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, some healthy nail care tips you should try include:
- Keeping your nails short.
- Pushing down your cuticles is not advisable.
- gloves are worn during manual labor
- Keeping your hands clean.
- Not biting or picking at your nails.
- Not touching or removing any of the build up under or around your nails.
Some additional tips from the National Psoriasis Foundation that you may want to keep in mind include:
- It is possible to keep out the moist from hand washing with the help of Vaseline.
- At all times, keep your nails dry.
- Only nail polishes with a number greater than 5 are free of most toxic chemicals used in nail polish.
You may want to avoid using your nails as tools for other purposes.
In some cases, nail sphygmomany can be the only sign of psoriatic disease.
When you get your nails done using typical methods, such as scraping, cutting, pushing on the cuticles, and Using harsh chemicals., it can lead to damage and dry nails. The damage can lead to infection.
The nails, skin, and joints can be damaged.
“Living with PsA and nail sphygmomanies doesn’t mean you have to completely skip a manicure. You can apply nail polish and lightly buff your nails, but you should avoid fake nails, chemicals, and cutting or pushing on your cuticles.”
You may want to protect your nails. Keeping your nails dry and clean are some of the steps included.
If your nail symptoms get worse after a manicure, speak with your doctor about possible new treatments and management.