Terry’s Nails

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Terry’s Nails


Terry’s nails are a nail disorder wherein over ⅔ of the nail bed appears white except for a red or pink strip at the nail tip and the lunula may or may not be present.  Scientifically, Terry’s nails are a type of apparent leukonychia.  Although this condition usually affects all the nails of your fingers, it can also happen in just one fingernail and has even been reported in toenails.

What causes Terry’s nails?

It is thought that this disorder results in the nail bed having more connective tissue and fewer blood vessels than usual, giving the nails a white appearance.

Although Terry’s nails aren’t harmful, you should still have them checked out by your healthcare provider since they could be an indication of something more serious.  For example, they could be a sign of diabetes, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, or liver disease.

How can I prevent Terry’s nails?

There’s no guaranteed way to avoid this disorder.  But by making a few lifestyle adjustments, you can enhance the general health of your nails.  To keep your nails healthier:

  • Clean your nails regularly with a soft-bristle nail brush.
  • Avoid biting your nails or picking at hangnails.
  • Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Protect your nails by wearing rubber gloves when cleaning or using chemical products.
  • Moisturize your nails and cuticles with a fragrance-free lotion or hand cream.
  • Wear footwear that fits properly and doesn’t squeeze your toenails.

Can Terry’s nails go away?

By treating the underlying medical condition, Terry’s nails can go away.  For instance, if liver cirrhosis is the underlying issue, the cutaneous abnormalities associated with the disease may be reversible with a liver transplant.

Are you suffering from this condition?  At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help.  One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track.  Podiatrist South Kensington
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000



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-The Chelsea Clinic and Team


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