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Your Thumb Pain Near the Fingernail May Also be Known as:
Fingernail on the left thumb hurts
Fingernail on the right thumb hurts

Top 3 Thumb Pain Near the Fingernail Causes

  1. 1.Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. The patches mostly affect the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms and feet.

    There are many over-the-counter creams that could help which you can first try to see if your symptoms get better. However, psoriasis is a diagnosis that should be made by a physician and might need longer term follow up.

    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

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  2. 2.Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)

    Tinea Corporis is a common fungal infection of the skin. This rash is sometimes called "ringworm" and results in ring-shaped redness that is often itchy.

    Ringworm can be treated with topical antifungal ointment such as Lamisil. Apply the ointment directly to the rash and the surrounding skin, and keep the area as dry as possible.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dry skin, rash, red rash, itchy rash, curved rash
    Symptoms that never occur with ringworm (tinea corporis):
    groin skin changes, fever, scrotal itch, groin itch, facial skin changes, hand skin changes, genital skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)

    Dermatitis is the inflammation ("-itis") of the skin ("derma" is a layer of the skin). It can be caused by any number of causes, from allergies to infections to autoimmune issues. Dermatitis of Normal Variation (also called, "NOS") means that all of those other causes of your rash have been ruled out. This is very common.

    You can treat this at home and the rash should go away on its own. In the meantime, you can use an anti-histamine (both by mouth OR as an ointment), or a topical corticosteroid to treat the itch and/or pain due to the rash.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red rash, itchy rash, painful rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific dermatitis (skin inflammation):
    red rash
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Thumb Pain Near the Fingernail

  • Q.How severe is your thumb pain?
  • Q.Is your thumb pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.How long has your thumb been hurting?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Thumb Pain Near the Fingernail Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced thumb pain near the fingernail have also experienced:

    • 100% Joint Swelling
  • People who have experienced thumb pain near the fingernail had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 18% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced thumb pain near the fingernail were most often matched with:

    • 25% Psoriasis
    • 25% Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)
    • 25% Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)

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