What Causes Deformed Toenails?
Deformed toenails can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'worrying'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose deformed toenails, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "deformed toenails" as a symptom. Here are four possibilities:
- Fungal Infection
- Zinc Need
- Candida / Yeast
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
pain medication use
moderate alcohol consumption
bowel movement changes
many white spots on fingernails
frequent soy consumption
... and more than 60 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of deformed toenails:
|Candida / Yeast
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Are any of your toenails deformed, not from past injury? Toenails normally grow straight and smooth, the same width from top to bottom.
→ No / it is due to injury / don't know
→ Probably/minor episode now resolved
→ Major (unsightly) episode now resolved
→ It is a current problem, not serious
→ Current major problem, unsightly and embarrassing
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate history of deformed toenails, deformed toenails or very deformed toenails, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Nail abnormalities are a possible symptom of psoriasis.