Thick Cuticles Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your thick cuticles symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: thick nail beds

  1. 4 Possible Thick Cuticles Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

4 Possible Thick Cuticles Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced thick cuticles. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.


Psoriasis causes an overgrowth of surface skin cells, creating a red, scaly, itchy, and painful rash.

It is believed to be an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack its own healthy skin cells. It may be genetic in origin but triggered by anything that further strains the immune system, such as infections, skin injury, alcohol consumption, obesity, smoking, and stress.

Symptoms may come and go in cycles lasting weeks or months. They include red patches of thickened skin, sometimes with gray-white scales; dry, cracked, bleeding skin; stiff and swollen joints; and thickened, misshapen nails.

It is important to see a medical provider for care, because psoriasis can interfere with quality of life. It is associated with higher risk of arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions.

Treatment involves different combinations of topical medications, oral medications, and phototherapy with natural or artificial light. Lifestyle changes such as improved diet, quitting smoking, and managing stress are very helpful in many cases.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, rash with well-defined border, painful rash, scaly rash

Symptoms that never occur with psoriasis: fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis is a general term for multiple conditions that cause painful inflammation and stiffness throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition that is autoimmune in nature, meaning that the body's immune system which normally protects the body by att...

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Iron deficiency anemia

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough iron to form hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.

The condition can be caused by acute blood loss through injury, surgery, or childbirth;chronic b...

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Hypoparathyroidism is a condition in the parathyroid glands do not produce enough parathyroid hormone. This leads to low levels of calcium in the blood, which can cause both short-term and long-term symptoms. Causes of hypoparathyroidism include surgery or radiation to the neck, aut...

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Real-life Stories

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Submitted Stories

Stomach issues

Female. Age 60. Stomach issues my entire life. IBS, gastritis, spastic colon, etc., all proposed diagnoses. Finally determined by GI specialists that I have diverticulitis. When inflamed, it’s called diverticulitis. Watch what you eat, particularly nuts, popcorn, anything with a hull, lettuce.... Chew your food completely before swallowing. Eat oatmeal because the fiber helps with constipation. Take prescribed medication to relax your bowel system. Drink plenty of water.

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Thick Cuticles

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Do food or drinks get stuck when you swallow?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), like Crohn's or Ulcerative colitis?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Thick Cuticles Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced thick cuticles have also experienced:

  • 13% Toenail Pain
  • 12% Dry Skin
  • 10% Dry, Brittle, Cracked Nails

People who have experienced thick cuticles were most often matched with:

  • 33% Psoriasis
  • 33% Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • 33% Iron Deficiency Anemia

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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