Inflamed skin around nails can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'very serious'. 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 inflamed skin around nails, we could:
|Lupus (SLE)||5%||Ruled out|
Do you experience inflamed/red cuticles (the skin around the edge of your nails)?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ Slightly - Occasionally / one or two nails
→ Significantly - Regularly / a few nails
→ Severely - Usually or always / several nails
Inflammation of the nail fold (red, puffy skin around the nail) may indicate lupus or another connective tissue disorder.