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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is onychogryphosis?

This is a condition where the affected nail has a yellow-brown thickening and elongation with an increased curvature. It is more frequent amongst the elderly.

Symptoms of onychogryphosis

  • Change in nail color

Questions your doctor may ask to check for onychogryphosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose onychogryphosis

  • Has your nail color changed?

Treatment for onychogryphosis

It can be left alone. However, if it is painful and bothersome, surgery can be done. Well fitting shoes and keeping toenails clean and short can reduce the risk of it happening again.

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