Dermatology is predominantly known as the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders. But did you know that a dermatologist is a doctor that treats diseases of the skin, scalp, hair and nails?
Toenails and fingernails are made up of protein also known as keratin. You may see keratin marketed extensively when it comes to products used and sold in hair and nail salons – it’s because Keratin is good for your nails; it protects from damage and stress. Toenails and fingernails protect the tissues of your toes and fingers. Did you know that the health of your nails can be a clue to your overall health? Healthy nails are usually smooth and consistent in color. Specific types of nail discoloration and changes in growth rate can be signs of lung, heart, kidney, and liver diseases, as well as diabetes and anemia.
Nail problems sometimes require treatment:
- Bacterial and fungal infections
- Ingrown nails
Keeping your nails clean, dry, and trimmed can help you avoid some problems. But if you’re noticing that your nails have ridges, or if they are inconsistent in color, break easily, or if you are developing lumps around them, schedule a consult with one of our specialists. Beautiful nails are a sign of good health.