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Did your psoriatic arthritis start in your nails?

I can't remember a time not have ridges, pits, or lines in my nails. They have been this way for 5 decades. I remember my nails raising and they told me I had nail fungus.

Did you ever get a diagnosis for PsA because it started in your nails? We would like to hear from you. Diane (Team Member)

  1. , this is a great topic! Like you, I can't remember a time without pits and ridges in my nails. Interestingly, my pitting completely disappeared and was replaced by salmon patches and the nails detaching from the nail bed at the time that my other PsA symptoms started. So nail *changes* were definitely an indicator of PsA for me. It took a few years for me to get the PsA diagnosis, and I don't believe my nails played a part in that at all (or if they did, no-one mentioned it to me). I do wonder if I could have got my diagnosis much sooner, had someone thought to ask me about my nails. My dermatologist had mentioned to me previously that nail issues are a risk factor for developing PsA though.

    How are your nails at the moment, Diane? Does anything help you manage the nail symptoms? Very interested to hear others' experiences with this! -Catherine, Community Moderator

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