What causes thick nail growth?
Although there are many potential causes of thick nails, in the toenails a fungal infection is the most common cause. Other diseases, such as psoriasis or diabetes, may also cause thick nails to develop.
Are thick toenails permanent?
The condition becomes more common with age. Management depends on the severity of the condition and whether the nail is causing pain or difficulty with wearing shoes. If the condition is caused by repetitive micro-trauma avoiding pressure can sometimes improve the condition but onychogryphosis is rarely cured.
Can you file down a thick toenail?
For nails that are still intact, it’s acceptable to gently file down the nail as long as you don’t file it too thin (this can increase the possibility of infection).
What is keratin under toenails?
Keratin is a protein that promotes the development of the skin and nails. Nail psoriasis sometimes causes too much keratin to grow under the nail. This overgrowth is called subungual hyperkeratosis. People with hyperkeratosis may notice a white, chalky substance under the nail.
Should a thick toenail be removed?
In severe cases, surgery may be required – this would be a permanent removal of the nail plate. If an infection is present, the proper prescription medication will be supplied to rid you of the infection. A neglected thick toenail can cause extreme discomfort/pain as the nail rubs on the top or end of the shoe.
Why do old people’s toenails get thick?
The growth rate of nails decreases when people get older. This results in thickening because nail cells pile up. The process of nail cells piling up is referred to as onychocytes. Another reason why fingernails don’t thicken as much is their growth rate is smaller than the growth rate of toenails.
How do you get rid of stuff under your toenails?
- Clean the affected area with soap and water daily.
- Groom your nails regularly.
- Apply an over-the-counter fungal treatment after you gently file your nails.
- Apply Vicks VapoRub on your toenail each day.