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Nail Pitting: a Disorder of Nails

By Bryan Subscribe to RSS | January 2nd 2012 | Views:

Nail Pitting occurs due to health deficiency and is an unusual problem of finger and toe nails. When it occurs, it seems like the nail is peeled off, but pitting and peeling both are very different from each other. When you work, especially washing utensils, your nails peel off in certain cases, so is called as nail peeling. However, nail pitting occurs when you face a kind of deficiency in you and needs a healthy diet or proper diagnose.


Nail pitting is a sign of health problem which needs proper diagnosis to get rid of. It may occur due to deficient nail plate formation in the matrix area and can be associated with alopecia areata, psoriasis, lichen planus, and eczema. However, nail pitting has also been found commonly to the patients without any disease of the nails. It is significant to know what is nail pitting. Nail pits are basically small and are rounded depressions which can be found on the surface of the nail plate. They occur due to proximal matrix disease or in some cases due to proximal nail fold. In many cases, random pits are found in the nail as an idiopatic finding. Due to the abundance pits, the nails look rough. Therefore, proper treatment is required at the matrix of the nail to eradicate this situation before it gets intense.

Nail pitting especially occur due to psoriasis which is found in almost 10 to 50 percent of patients. Other causes are not so common like the psoriasis, but in children, the nail pitting is recognized as common problem which may cause usually without any disease.

Also, nail pitting can be termed as a hereditary problem as it often runs in families. Well, many patients suffer this problem because of trauma. Treating this problem takes time and elimination of nail pitting is not that common. Still, proper treatment sometimes eliminates the condition from the nails. Psoriasis affects the nails and brings a number of changes in the appearance of toe and finger nails.

Changes on nails:

There are particular changes which you can find in your nails. Psoriasis not only changes the appearance of your nails, but also brings other irritating points such as discoloring of layer under the nail plate, lines that are visible across the nails, pitting of nails, swollen skin under the nail, and loosening (onycholysis) and breakdown of nails.

There are many reasons due to which you will find changes in your nails. Discoloring or these symptoms which are listed above don’t indicate that it is the problem of nail pitting. It may cause due to other reasons as well, but it is always recommended that you go for a routine checkup to stay safe and away from such problems. Remember that a healthy nail always indicates that you are healthy. Even a slight change in color could bring disruptions ahead. So, a doctor is all you need during that time.

Bryan - About Author:
The author is a health writer and researches a lot about different health related issues which people should know. The author believes that people should be aware of basic health issues and accordingly contribute to the society by giving detailed information via articles. Read further to know what is nail pitting and causes of nail pitting.

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