Nail diseases

Nail diseases are distinct from diseases of the skin. Although nails are a skin appendage, they have their own signs and symptoms which may relate to other medical conditions. Nail conditions that show signs of infection or inflammation require medical assistance.


The detachment of the nail plate from its bed, is often associated with psoriasis, fungal infections, lichen planus, trauma, chemical exposure and other systemic disorders.

As the nail plate lifts, the space between the plate and the bed collects dirt and keratinous debris. The colour of the affected nails may vary from greyish-white, yellow, brown, greenish or even black.

Acute paronychia

This condition is an inflammation of the nail fold, resulting in redness, swelling and throbbing pain. In severe cases pus will drain from the area surrounding the nail.


A chronic, progressive infection of the nail, that is caused by dermatophytes, candida and some moulds. It is often the result of a secondary or “spread” colonization.

Approximately 80% of onychomycosis occurs in the nails of the feet, especially in the big and little toe nails.

Treatment protocol

Treatment of the individual nail changes depends on their cause.

  • Dr Michaels Skin Care Gel
  • NR Formula
  • Dr Michaels Skin Care Cream


Skin Care Gel: Wash the affected nail area with this gel, lather up well with water. Allow to dry on nails for 2–3 minutes. Rinse off.
NR Formula (solution with distilled water in ratio 1:1) apply on affected area. Allow to dry and afterwards apply the cream. Repeat the process twice a day.
Skin Care Cream: Apply on affected area twice a day.