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What is Eczema Nail Pitting?

Eczema nail pitting is when a small depression appears on the surface of the nail. While it is often related to nail psoriasis, it can occur in those with eczema as well. In this post, we’ll cover what causes eczema nail pitting and treatment options that are available. Read on!

Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.

Signs of Nail Pitting

To identify nail pitting, look for shallow or deep holes in your fingernails or toenails. For reasons unknown, fingernails seem to be more affected than toenails. You may notice many pits or a single pit.

In addition to nail pitting, other abnormalities such as nail separation, flaking, or crumbling can also occur.

Eczema and Nail Pitting

Although nail pitting is commonly linked to psoriasis–affecting as many as 50% of people suffering from this condition–it can also affect those with eczema.

Eczema is a chronic condition that causes red, dry, and extremely itchy patches to develop on the skin. Those with pompholyx eczema or eczema on the palms or feet may notice thickening, pitting, or discoloration on their nails. The condition can be triggered or symptoms may worsen when the nails come into contact with allergens such as metals, rubber, leather or other irritants.

Eczema Nail Pitting Treatment

To help you deal with eczema and nail pitting, we recommend you start by wearing protective gloves such as these Remedywear™ gloves for adults and kids. Made with breathable, moisture-wicking fabric, the gloves are comfortable to wear all day or night. They are also embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc to help speed up the healing process and protect the nail beds from further inflammation or infection.

You can boost the effectiveness of the gloves by pairing them with a natural hand cream such as this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. This gentle and nourishing cream is perfect for anywhere on the body – even the nails. Using natural ingredients such as Organic New Zealand Manuka honey, organic tree nut-free oils, and beeswax, this non-greasy balm calms itchiness and soothes irritation like a dream.

When washing your hands, it’s recommended to use a natural soap to protect your nails from harsh chemicals or toxins. We love this soap by Emily Skin Soothers. Free of artificial colors, fragrances, and preservatives, it works great for dry skin, eczema, or psoriasis. Made with the best of Chinese herbs, it’s a gentle solution for both babies and adults.

After you finish washing your hands, be sure to pat dry with a towel immediately afterwards to keep your nails as dry as possible. Keeping your nails dry is not only better for your nails but germs are also transferred more easily between wet hands.

Tips for Caring for Your Nails at Home

To ease discomfort and improve your quality of life, there are some simple ways to manage eczema nail pitting. Here are some ways to care for your nails at home:

  • Keep fingernails and toenails trimmed short to prevent the nail from catching onto anything
  • Don’t wear false nails
  • Avoid using nail varnish that contains acetone
  • Protect your hands and nails by wearing gloves, especially when doing manual work or washing the dishes.
  • Don’t pick at your nails
  • Keep your nails as clean as possible to help ward off infection






Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.