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Yellow nail syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Lymphedema with yellow nails
  • YNS
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Your Question

How is yellow nail syndrome treated? Can it be treated or not?

Our Answer

We have identified the following information that we hope you find helpful. If you still have questions, please contact us.

How is yellow nail syndrome treated?

In some cases yellow nail syndrome improves on its own. Others cases have improved with the treatment of associated diseases (e.g., lymphedema or lung disease). Data regarding the benefit of specific drug treatments is lacking, however the literature describes individual cases treated with the following therapies. Click on the embedded links to view articles on each topic. We recommend that you discuss your treatment options with a healthcare provider. 

High dose or topical vitamin E



Intralesional corticosteroids

Zinc supplements

Last updated: 9/7/2012