Hypertrophy of the nail folds
ONYCHAUXIS LICHEN

Onychauxis is a condition also known as nail hypertrophy. It is characterized by the abnormal thickening of the nail plate on the feet or hands.

Sometimes the nail becomes yellow or white, and the edge of the nail starts to separate. A thickened nail is difficult to trim, so people avoid cutting such nails when they acquire a curved shape.

The nails increase in density in the upper part, and Onychauxis, the thickened nail, can extend in all directions, causing pain and damage to the surrounding soft tissue.

If these changes are left untreated, nails can turn white, yellow, red, or black and cause pain and discomfort. Such changes are rarely hereditary and most often occur as a result of trauma, diabetes, compromised circulation, infection, psoriasis, acromegaly, or Darier’s disease.

TREATMENT

The fastest and most popular method for treating a thickened nail is professional care. Adequate treatment (mechanical abrasion) of the nail is an excellent option to thin out and remodel the thickened nail. Chemical preparations containing urea are first used to soften the thickened nail, and then it is processed with specially designed drills to achieve a normal thickness and shape. This prevents nail cracking, deterioration in the appearance of the nail, and allows for the normal growth of a new nail.

Treating a thickened nail (Onychauxis) actually involves identifying the exact cause of this condition. If it is determined that the condition is a result of diseases such as diabetes and psoriasis, managing or curing the underlying disorder can lead to an improvement in the nails.

Proper treatment (mechanical abrasion) of the nail is an excellent option for thinning and remodeling the nail. Chemical preparations containing urea are first used to soften the nails, and then they are processed with specially designed drills to achieve a normal thickness and shape. This prevents nail cracking and deterioration in the appearance of the nail.

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