DermTV Nail Pitting DermTV Epi 358
Hello, I'm Neal Schultz. pause And welcome to DermTV. Fingernails have a lot of uses, butterms of personal appearance, they'realmost an accessory. Depending on your mood and style, they canbe colored, lengthened, reshaped and literally manicured.
But, since this is DermTV, there's alwaysa â€œbutâ€�. so. t here are a bunch of problems that can preventyour nails from looking their best. The problem we'regoing to discuss today is one of the strangest: nail pitting. In nail pitting, small pits developoneor several nails. These pits can be cone shaped with slantedangled borders as if an ice pick had been stuck into yournail. In fact, they can even resemble ice pick acnescars,
but these nail pits are much smaller. Or,they can have vertical parallel walls like ill holes.But regardless of their shape, they compromise the appearance of your nails. And nail polish, which isn't spackle andcant fill them in, just exaggerates the way they look. Nail pits occur while the nail is being formed, under the skin next to the back end of thenail over here. There's a tiny organ under the skin herecalled the nail matrix
and that's the organ that actually makesthe nail. Nail pits occur most commonlypeople withpsoriasis, eczema orpeople with an allergic formof hair loss, called alopecia areata, where you lose roundpatches of hair. In all of these conditions, there are usuallyseveral pitsany nail, and many fingernails may be affected. However, anyone can get one or two occasionalrandom nail pits for no apparent reason, and one or two pitsusually
are of no cosmetic or medical importance. The treatment of multiple nail pits usuallyrequires treating the associated skin conditions Imentioned. However, there is a treatment that can bedone to the skin next to the nail overlying the nail matrix.It involves injections of cortisone which of course are uncomfortable, but theyusually work after a few monthly treatments. And of course,as a last resort, you can hide your nail pits with nail tips!
UV Nail yers Update DermTV Epi 489
UV lights usednail treatments and the possible development of skin canceron fingers were discusseda previous DermTV episode. Important new information on the alleged risksof these UV exposures warrants this eyeopening update. Hello I'm Neal Schultz pause
And welcome to DermTV. Unprotected exposure to any UV light is badfor your skin. Period. In the first DermTV episode on UV nail treatments, I quoted a report from a reputable dermatologyjournal from 2009which two women who regularly receivedUV nail treatments developed squamous cell cancer on their fingers. This raised concernthe dermatologic community as well as for the public about the safetyof these treatments
and their risk of causing skin cancer. Spokespersons for the nail industry have beenadamantinsisting that there is no danger and they correctly state that two cases ofskin cancerthese UV nail yer users do not prove that UV nail yers caused theirskin cancers. While the type of UV light emitted by thesenail yers is the same type usedmany tanning salons and has the wavelength which is known to causepremature photoaging
of the skin and skin cancer, the issue comesdown to dose: Do you really get a strong enough dose duringthe 510 minute treatment to be able to cause or even just contributeto skin canceré The original report from 2009 implied thatyou do. In December 2012, a Letter to the Editorthe Journal of InvestigativeDermatology, one of the most prestigious research dermatologyjournals, adessed this issue. The authors did extensive testing with threecommon UV nail lamp devices
which they were able to determine, withrelative confidence, the actual dose of UV light that the fingersare exposed to during these treatments. They then compared that dose to other medicaltreatments done for Psoriasis which are thought to be safe and use similarUV light. The authors concluded that the dose of UVlight even from regular use of these UV nail lamps is probably not sufficient to cause skin cancer. This report should be reassuring to most people
that UV nail lamps may not represent an imminentthreat to causing skin cancer. However, while the nail industry insists thatthese treatments are safe, and the informationthe letter I just mentionedI believe is accurate and reliable, the instructions with the UV nail lamps explicitlystate. â€œThe UV radiation from sunshine or UV facilitiesâ€�â€“ meaning this lamp â€“ â€œmay cause injuryto skin. Repeated overexposure to UV radiation maycause skin aging and increase the incidence of skin cancer.â€�