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Your toenails and fingernails are protective tissues that are comprised of layers of a hardened protein called keratin, which also makes up part of your hair and skin. The health of your nails may be a clue to your overall health. A nail disorder, therefore, should not be ignored. Seek the expert treatment of the dermatologists at University of Miami Health System.

Nail problems that sometimes require treatment include:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Fungal infection (onychomycosis)
  • Ingrown nails
  • Tumors
  • Warts

Symptoms of a nail disorder include:

  • Abnormal appearance of the nail, such as patches of white or yellow discoloration
  • Chalky, white scale beneath the nail’s surface that slowly spreads
  • Thickened or deformed nails

Why Choose UHealth?

World-class leaders in skin care treatment. University of Miami Health System is recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in caring for conditions and disorders of the skin. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide superior, personalized treatments for nail disorders.

Compassionate care in an academic medical center. Regardless of your age, condition, or whether you need long-term, short-term, or regenerative skin treatments, you will benefit from the state-of-the-art technology and latest medical advancements developed by our researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. You will receive the most accurate diagnosis and a detailed plan to keep your skin, hair, and nails healthy.

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  • Antifungal Medication

    If a fungus has caused your nail disorder, your dermatologist will prescribe an antifungal medication to clear up the affected areas.

  • Antibiotic Medication

    If an infection has caused your nail disorder, your dermatologist will prescribe an antibiotic medication to clear up the infection.

  • Removal of Ingrown Nail

    Your doctor may need to remove the ingrown nail. This is usually done in the office, and sometimes under local anesthetic (numbing).

  • Proper Hygiene

    You should keep your nails trimmed short, thoroughly dry your feet after bathing (if toenails are affected), and wear absorbent socks.


  • Physical Exam

    Through a medical examination of your nails, as well as a thorough review of your health history, we can accurately diagnose your nail disorder.

  • Biopsy

    In some cases, your dermatologist may remove a small sample (biopsy) of the affected fingernail or toenail for closer analysis in the laboratory. Doing so can help determine the underlying cause of the nail problem.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.