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Experience:  MBBS,DTM&H( Univ of Liverpool),34yrs experience in practice
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What is the meaning/cause of half orange nail beds

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What is the meaning/cause of half orange nail beds
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 6 years ago.
Dear customer,
Greetings.The common cause of orange nails would be secondary to a fungal infection,due to psoriasis and rarely due to tetracycline/macrolide drugs.Your doctor may examine you and send clippings of the affected portion for KOH examination for fungus and hyphae.Psoriasis is a clinical diagnosis,if the problem persists a dermatologist may be consulted.Regular use of a oral antifungal will usually treat the infection within 12-16weeks.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Is it normal even for the tip to be discolored as well? (its slightly brownish as well)its only the top half of my nail the lower half is pink and healthy
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 6 years ago.
Normally the infection is in the superficial layers of the nail bed,hence the change in colour there.the rest of the nail may grow normally.Lichen planus,contact dermatitis and nailbed tumours are other causes of such problems.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

so when i press down the orange color should go away right?

Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 6 years ago.
No,the colour will not go away on pressure..The orange colour will respond to regular use of antifungal drugs for a duration of 12-16weeks if it is secondary to a fungal infection.If it is due to psoriasis your doctor/Dermatologist will guide you about further treatment.