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Nail Problems | Illinois Dermatology Institute

We’ve got nail problems nailed down at IDI.

Our hands and feet are some of the most useful and talented parts of our bodies. From providing a friendly handshake to a new friend and signing our name on life-changing documents to dancing the night away and running a marathon, our hands and feet are always on the move and, in part, help us navigate the world around us.

We at IDI understand the implications that nail problems can have on our self-esteem, confidence, and overall health. Healthy nails on our hands and feet can say a lot about our body’s health. Changes in the health of our nails, cuticles, and nailbeds can be the first indicator of underlying health issues, and any new or existing nail problems you face should be examined and treated by an expert at IDI quickly to avoid further complications.

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IDI successfully diagnoses and treats a variety of nail problems.

Nail Problems

From infections to discoloration and ingrown toenails, the expert dermatology team at IDI uses the most advanced treatment options available to treat your nail problems. Book An Appointment Today.

Nail Infections

Nail infections are not something to take lightly. If you are experiencing one now, you should consult with a dermatology expert at IDI as soon as possible to avoid the spread of infection and any complications that could arise from leaving it untreated. For those with weakened immune systems, diabetes, or any other medical history that could suppress your immune response, prompt diagnosis and treatment are highly encouraged.

Some of the most common nail infections include:

  • Paronychia is a skin infection around the nail and cuticle caused by irritation or injury from picking, pulling, or biting the nail or surrounding skin.
  • Fungal infections


If you are living with a nail infection, book an expert consultation today.

Nail Injuries and Color or Shape Changes

Nail problems, such as shape changes, color changes, or brittleness, are common and caused by some level of injury. If left untreated, injuries can lead to permanent nail problems. Many nail changes, such as discoloration, can be a sign of a more significant medical issue you may be facing. Our expert dermatology team at IDI works with you to diagnose and treat nail problems at the source, allowing room for faster recovery times, a more thorough overall health diagnosis, and better long-term results.

The most common nail injuries and abnormalities include:

  • Pitting
  • Clubbing
  • Spoon nails
  • Vertical nail ridges
  • Ram’s Horn nails
  • Terry’s nails
  • Beau’s lines
  • Nail separation
  • Brittle nails
  • Yellow Nail Syndrome
  • Redness or swelling around the nail or cuticle
  • Dark streaks
  • Green Nail Syndrome
  • Splinter hemorrhages
  • Ingrown toenails


If you’ve recently sustained an injury to your hands or feet and are experiencing nail problems, don’t hesitate to seek expert advice from our dermatology team at IDI. Schedule an appointment now.

Abnormal Nail Growths

Aside from your finger or toenails, the skin around and under your nails are also common spots to develop skin growth. It is essential to understand the signs of abnormal skin growth around your nails so that you may receive diagnosis and treatment quickly for your nail problems. In most instances, skin growth could require some level of in-office therapy or prescription medication. In rare cases, surgical removal of the nail plate, biopsies of the skin, and surgery are needed.

The most common types of abnormal nail growth include:

  • Warts, non-cancerous growths caused by an HPV infection. Although benign, warts can be painful and spread if not treated.
  • Squamous Cell Cancer, a type of skin cancer that can arise from a wart but is generally caused by frequent sun exposure.
  • Melanoma, another type of skin cancer that is more dangerous than squamous cell cancer, which typically shows up on the skin as a dark spot or discoloration. Often these are misdiagnosed as a simple blood spot or minor abrasion instead of a severe nail problem. Prompt evaluation and diagnosis from an expert dermatologist are highly recommended.


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