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Glossary for Tinea unguium

  • Brittle nails: thinning of the nail plate
  • Brown nails: The occurrence of brown nails
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Fungal infections: Any condition caused by fungus.
  • Leuconychia: A white discoloration of the nails.
  • Lichen planus: Skin rash
  • Nail avulsion: The separation of the nail from the nail bed
  • Nail conditions: Any condition that affects the nail
  • Nail symptoms: Symptoms affecting the fingernails or toenails
  • Psoriasis: Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition where the defective immune system causes skin cells to grow rapidly. It affects a significant number of people. Arthritis, which can be severe, is associated with the psoriasis in up to a third of cases. Not all patients who are susceptible to the condition will develop it - roughly 10% of those susceptible will actually develop the condition. There are various environmental factors which can trigger the onset of the disease e.g. strep throat (common trigger), some medication, stress and cold weather. Once the disease develops, it may resolve on its own or with treatment or may become a persistent chronic condition. The severity and duration of symptoms is variable.
  • Thickened nails: A condition which is characterized by thickened nails
  • Tinea: A general term for various fungal skin afflictions; often incorrectly called ringworm.
  • Tinea capitis: A condition which is characterized by tinea of the scalp
  • Tinea corporis: A condition which is characterized by tinea of glabrous skin
  • Tinea cruris: Red, scaly rash in groin and upper thigh area; usually found in men and due to fungal infection


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