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What causes nail pitting in adults?

What causes nail pitting in adults?

Psoriasis: This is feature of psoriasis and occasionally alopecia areata., allergic hair loss. It is rarely seen in other conditions. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some causes of nail pitting besides psoriasis?

I was wondering what are some causes of nail pitting besides psoriasis?

Quite a few causes: Up to 50% of patients with psoriasis have pitting nails, but other diseases: reiter’s syndrome, some connective tissue disorders, sarcoidosis, pemphigus, alopecia areata, and incontinentia pigmenti. Also localized trauma such as cuticle-picking, dermatitis (e.g., atopic or chemical dermatitis) that disrupts orderly growth in that area also can cause pitting. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I noticed that the only nails where I don't have pronounced nail pitting are the ones w/ proper/normal cuticles. The other ones are pushed back. Why?

I noticed that the only nails where I don't have pronounced nail pitting are the ones w/ proper/normal cuticles. The other ones are pushed back. Why?

Nail Pits: Nail pits can occur due to nutritional deficiencies, but psoriasis is also known to cause nail pitting. 10% of those patients will go on to develop joint pain from the psoriasis (psoriatic arthritis). Prior damage to nails can also affect the appearance of nails. This may interest you: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1943419-clinical#aw2aab6b3b2 ...Read more

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I am starting to get nail pitting so I think I might have psoriasis. Is that bad? Are there any vitamins or anything I can do to help it?

I am starting to get nail pitting so I think I might have psoriasis. Is that bad? Are there any vitamins or anything I can do to help it?

Several causes of: Nail pitting. You are right psoriasis can have involved nail pitting and it can even present before the rash too! Besides psoriasis, nail pitting is seen in reactive/post infectious arthritis and alopecia areata(autoimmune hair loss). You should keep an eye out for rashes and/or joint aches as these may be signs of problems to come in the future. No clear supplement will definitively help. ...Read more

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Nail pitting with no other symptoms is getting a little bit better in some nails (no psoriasis,bald patches..). Would it be likely to be AA?

Nail pitting with no other symptoms is getting a little bit better in some nails (no psoriasis,bald patches..). Would it be likely to be AA?

Alopecia areata: It is possible it may be alopecia areata, sarcoidosis, or a connective tissue disease or other causes of skin inflammation in general if all nails are affected. Time to check with a dermatologist who can treat the bald patches and make sure there is no fungal or tension or alternative cause. ...Read more

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