Psoriasis is not only a disease affecting the skin but it can affect the nails and bones as well. Psoriasis of the nails is relatively more difficult to manage and treat as compared to one only on the skin.
Exact cause of development of nail psoriasis is not fully known. Studies show that psoriasis can happen as a result of deranged of immunity and there could be also some genetic link associated with the disease.
Psoriasis can affect any part of the skin and appendages including nails and scalp.
All cases of psoriasis may not have nail involvement but when the nails are affected treatment becomes challenging.
A nail being hardest of appendages, to get affected by psoriasis there has to be a specific genetic disposition. Without that nails do not get affected easily.
Around 10% of cases of psoriasis may have the nail involvement. When nails are affected by psoriasis there is slow and gradual inflammation and destruction of nails.
As the process of nail growth is slow, the recovery of nail psoriasis could be even slower to bring about curative changes in case of nail psoriasis. Psoriasis of nail has been found to be extremely difficult to treat, especially, when the recovery is aimed at treating disease with internal homeopathic medicines.
Homeopathic medicines do not entail any use of topical or local application of any medicine on nails. Looking homeopathically, when the nails are affected due to psoriasis which may be fingernails or toenails the range of medicines indicated or selected will differ.
A prescribing homeopath will require studying the totality and finding suitable medicines which have an affinity to influence the nails.
Some of the common indicated medicines for psoriasis of nails could include:
- Antimonium crudum
- Calcarea flouricum
- Flouric acid
- Calcarea silicate etc.
These medicines of course, should not be used by the patients without professional guidance.
At Life Force, Dr Rajesh Shah has studied and documented a large number of psoriasis of nails. Some of the cases were recorded to be extremely severe, showing remarkable destruction of nails or complete loss of nails.
We cannot claim that psoriasis of nails can be treated easily. In depth knowledge of psoriasis, immunology and homeopathy would help to select and prescribe correct medications in strategic sequence over the period of time which can be best done by professionals who have significant experience in treating psoriasis and other such chronic skin diseases.