How To Treat Nail Psoriasis – 5 Natural Remedies

how to treat nail psoriasis

How to treat nail psoriasis is what we are going to address today, and I am offering 5 natural remedies that have worked over and over.

First, let’s refresh our memories about what is psoriasis and why some of us are affected by this skin condition …

The skin is constantly renewed. However, any excess can also be negative. Indeed, cell renewal that is faster than normal can have unfortunate consequences and harm our health. You will discover today in this article, 5 natural remedies to fight the nail psoriasis.

Despite its high frequency and sometimes its significant impact on the quality of life, nail psoriasis is often neglected. However, nail involvement is present in half of psoriasis cases.

Prevention is always the priority and that’s why natural remedies are the first lifeline you can use. These natural remedies will bring you relief and tranquility if you suffer from nail psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a clear example of the biological excesses that lead to a disease that, while not particularly dangerous or contagious, can be painful and difficult to treat. Therefore, in this article today, we are going to talk about five natural remedies that can help you treat nail psoriasis and relieve the symptoms of this disease.

What is nail psoriasis?

Etymologically, psoriasis comes from the Greek “psora”, which means itching. The dead cells that are in the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin, are replaced by new cells. This process takes place approximately every 30 days.

However, when this renewal accelerates more than the average, then what is called psoriasis occurs. This disease causes redness on the skin or scales. These usually cause pain and itching, which can often affect the nails.

Psoriasis of the nails is defined by various abnormalities that occur on the nails of the hands and feet. Most of the time, there are small “depressions” that look like thimble holes, detachments or crumbling, discoloration, thickening or streaking on the nails.

On the other hand, psoriasis lesions on the nails are normally more common on the hands than on the feet. However, very often, these are the only signs of psoriasis in a person affected by this disease.

Characteristics of the nail psoriasis

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Among the most common features of nail psoriasis, we can mention, among other things:
  • Holes or marks on the nails, as if they were perforated by a needle.
  • Thickening of certain areas of the nail or even the complete nail.
  • Yellow or pink spots on the distal or prominent part of the nail, which can cause detachment of the lateral area (part of the nail).
  • Loss of gloss and appearance of roughness or roughness on the nail.
  • Destruction of the nail that produces dust like sawdust under the nail.
  • Fragility of nails affected by psoriasis.

Since nail growth is usually slow, people with nail psoriasis are often discouraged from seeing results quickly. The treatment of this disease requires patience before noting the first results of a medical treatment.

The management of this type of psoriasis of the nail should be done by a regular medical check to avoid giving up the treatment.

In addition to medical treatment, there are also natural remedies that can help you reduce the symptoms of nail psoriasis. For this purpose, I am presenting you now several natural remedies to fight against this disease.

Preventive measures to reduce the frequency of psoriasis attacks

There is no known way to prevent psoriasis. However, it is possible to reduce the frequency and intensity of attacks. In addition to careful monitoring of the prescribed treatment, it is possible to observe what triggers the onset of symptoms.

This process takes time and patience. Here are some general tips:

  • During long exposure to the sun, it is advisable to use an effective sunscreen.
  • Alcohol consumption must be greatly diminished or eliminated altogether.
  • The severity of psoriasis is often related to the number of cigarettes smoked. Try to reduce tobacco or stop smoking.
  • Some sufferers have their disease diminish considerably after losing a little weight. Consider changing lifestyle habits accordingly if necessary.
  • It is recognized that stress plays a role in the onset or exacerbation of psoriasis attacks. Find solutions for a better stress management.

How to treat nail psoriasis

Specific treatments to eliminate nail psoriasis are generally unsatisfactory. These are, moreover, generally intended for cases in which there is a functional deterioration or which considerably affect the aesthetic part of the nail.

However, there are several natural alternatives that you can use at home to combat the effects of psoriasis on nails. Discover them all!

Here are 5 natural remedies to fight against nail psoriasis:

1 – Creams with Vitamin D to fight against nail psoriasis

Vitamin D contains anti-inflammatory properties and promotes the healing of damaged nails. Therefore, creams or lotions containing vitamin D will be the most recommended for treating nails with psoriasis.

What do you need ?

A good vitamin D-based ointment or cream that you can buy from Amazon here: Dr. Shepard’s Vitamin D3 Cream

What should you do ?
2 – Aloe Vera to fight against nail psoriasis
Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a plant famous for its many medicinal properties. In addition, it is easy to obtain, making it one of the most popular natural remedies. On the other hand its use for the treatment of nail psoriasis is relatively simple.

With its regenerative action that helps to heal and nourish damaged tissue, aloe vera helps repair nails in depth. In this way, aloe vera will prevent flaking of nails affected by psoriasis and provide them immediate relief and freshness.

What do you need ?

1 stem of aloe vera freshly cut

What should you do ?
  • Spread the gel from the inside of the aloe vera on nails affected by psoriasis.
  • Then, let the properties of aloe vera work for about 30 minutes. Once the time is up, wash the affected area thoroughly and dry your hands.
  • You can also extract the sap from the aloe’s stem and apply it directly to the affected nails’ surface during the night.
  • Remember to wash your hands and the area affected by nail psoriasis the next morning.
3 – Epsom salt solution to fight against nail psoriasis

To complement some of the conventional treatments used by traditional medicine to treat nail psoriasis, you can also use Epsom salts.

This is a homemade solution that involves using a hot water bath containing Epsom salts. This type of salt produces very good healing effects to improve the appearance of nails and skin.

You can also get it from Amazon: Epson salts

In particular, Epsom salts help to relieve the itching and irritation caused by nail psoriasis.

What do you need ?
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt (30 g)
  • Water (the quantity needed)
What should you do ?
  • Fill a container with warm water and add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt.
  • Then, immerse the nails in this solution for 20 or 30 minutes.
  • Then, dry your hands well with a clean cloth and moisturize them with the vitamin D cream I have suggested above.
4. Arnica oil to fight against nail psoriasis
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Arnica Flower

This arnica oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it will help prevent nails affected by psoriasis from worsening their condition due to infection caused by fungi or bacteria.

Here you have two options:

  1. either you create your arnica oil yourself from flowers,
  2.  or you purchase ready made arnica oil

Both are easily obtainable from Amazon:

What do you need ?

To prepare your oil yourself:

  • 1 cup of olive oil (250 ml)
  • 2 cups of arnica flowers (200 g)
What should you do ?

Mix the olive oil and arnica flowers in a bowl and marinate in a dark place for a week or ten days.
After the indicated time, filter the solution and proceed to its use by applying it on nails damaged by psoriasis.

If you are using the ready made arnica oil, simply apply it on the damaged nails.

5. Oats to fight against nail psoriasis

This cereal offers many depurative benefits and also allows the treatment of cutaneous lesions. In the case of nails, oats are also very effective because it is an excellent moisturizer that soothes itching and skin pain. This oat treatment is very simple and will help you reduce the symptoms of nail psoriasis.

What do you need ?
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal (30 g) from any grocery shop
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
What should you do ?
  • Add the oatmeal to a bowl of warm water and mix well.
  • Then, dip your hands in the preparation for about 20 minutes.
  • You can also increase the amounts of oatmeal and water and take a complete bath with this mixture. This technique will also help you improve the appearance of your skin.

Although there is still no known cure for effectively fighting psoriasis, there are many treatments available on the market.

In addition, you can also use a number of more natural recommendations to help you treat this disease.

Most importantly, however, is to consult a specialist when symptoms such as those of this disease appear. These natural remedies will provide you with additional comfort if you suffer from nail psoriasis.

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Thanks for reading

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These are just 5 ways how to treat nail psoriasis. If you know of any other natural remedies and would like to share them with us, you are welcome to do so here below. Any questions? Please use the box below and I, or someone, will respond as soon as possible. If you are creating your own psoriasis home remedies that work, please do share them with us. Also feel free to share this socially. I will be very much appreciate it!

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  • julienne murekatete

    Great post ,i am happy that i come across this website on time.I have a friend who has this problem of nail psoriasis ,he bought many cream from pharmacy but nothing changed. He was using a soap they told him it helps in nails restoration but nothing is improving. I will now tell him to use aloe vera as i see it fights against Psoriasis and for sure this name is new for me.

     Thank you for helping people

    • John

      I am glad that you landed on my website Julienne, and thanks for commenting on my latest article “How To Treat Nail Psoriasis – 5 Natural Remedies“. More often than not, natural remedies work better than pharmaceutical products, but it is advisable to seek medical help to be sure that what you think you have is really what you have.

      I am sure that your friend will be very grateful to you for showing him this website. One thing that you should also recommend is that he also gets on a diet. I have written a great article on the subject ~~> A Skin Disorder Diet

      It will be interesting to know the results your friend gets out of that. I would be most grateful if you could share that with us here.

      I wish you and your friend the best of health.


  • Cath Anon

    Hi John, I found reading about nail psoriasis interesting.  

    I was not aware that it was incurable.  So once you have it, do the symptoms wane but never goes away?

    Are certain types of people more affected then others e.g. those deficient in vitamin c?

    Does this particularly affect the elderly?  There are times when I’ve seen such nails but usually in the elderly and I just assumed it was because of age.  

    It’s heartening that at least the condition can be mitigated by natural means like aloe vera which is a great plant, and epsom salt – both products so easily obtained.

    • John

      Thanks very much for visiting my website and for your questions Cath. That’s right, there is no known cure for psoriasis yet unfortunately. But there are great progress done in this direction.

      For the time being, a psoriasis sufferer has to learn to live with it and to reduce the pains (physical and mental). Some people are more prone to having it but it has nothing to do with age as very young children can have psoriasis. It also has nothing much to do with vitamin C deficiency.

      Here below, I am listing a few of my past articles that will help you understand psoriasis better:

      Causes and Triggers

      Use Positive Thinking To Help With Your Psoriasis

      Detox to Ward Off Psoriasis

      What Are The Best Vitamins For Psoriasis

      Hope this helps and if you have any questions, I would be very happy to help you.

      Wishing you a very happy and healthy life.


  • Happy Skywalker

    Thanks for all that good information. I always try to use natural remedies first. You gave a lot of options for natural psoriasis management here! I find aloe, arnica oil and some of these other things handy to have around for lots of reasons. Do you know if it’s unhealthy or problematic to paint affected nails? Like to get a manicure?

    • John

      Thanks very much for visiting my website and for taking the time to comment on my “How To Treat Nail Psoriasis – 5 Natural Remedies” article. Like you, I strongly believe that Nature has provided everything for us to use in every circumstances. 

      Yes, there are all sorts of natural products, or plants, that work very well to help with psoriasis.

      Psoriasis sufferers should avoid being in contact with chemicals in general, even fragrance can aggravate the symptoms. As for having a manucure done, it should not be too much of a problem unless the sufferer has nail psoriasis.

      Let me know of you have any more questions and I wish you the very best of health.


  • Cathy Cavarzan

    Nail psoriasis I do have but I never put it in the same family has regular psoriasis. In your opinion if I were to cut down on my stress level which is the main cause of mine, do you think my nail psoriasis will also diminish in time? Or do I just learn to live with it?

    • John

      Nice seeing you on this website again Cathy. If I understand well, you are saying that there seem to be no case of psoriasis in your family. Although, psoriasis can be hereditary, it doesn’t mean that someone has passed it on to you. You could be the first one to have developed it, or it might have jumped a generation or two. What could also be the case, is that someone in your line had it and never talked about it, either by ignorance or guilt feeling, which was often the case a few years back.

      Stress is definitely responsible for a lot of the psoriasis cases. It is a topic that I plan to write about very soon, so stay tuned. 

      Unfortunately, Cathy, yes, you need to learn how to live with your psoriasis, but if you can manage your stress level, you should be fine.

      Looking forward to seeing you here again soon and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them here.

      I wish you the very best of health.



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