White, Cloudy and Thickened Nails

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Yukiko Ueda

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Dermatology

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It occurs when one or more fingernails or toenails turn white and associated with thickened nail plates

Possible causes

  • Psoriasis (except for pustular psoriasis)

    A skin disease caused by the immune system attacking skin cells, thought to be genetic as well as triggered by other things such as environment, illnesses and stress.

  • Tinea / tinea unguium

    Also known as "athlete's foot". It is caused by a fungal infection of the feet.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have thick white and cloudy nails?

  • Do you have nail pain?

  • Has your nail shape changed?

  • Has your nail separated from the finger without pain?

  • Do you have bleeding (red dots/lines in two or more nails or nailbeds)?

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