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Why do fingernails and toenails turn white when they grow longer

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wynn
39 years experience Podiatry
White Nails: Nails are held on to your fingers and toes by suction ( which gives it the pinkish color )....As the nail grows out past the end of the finger or toe, ... Read More
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Dr. Steven Frydman
46 years experience Podiatry
Air under the nail: Pink color is the skin under the nail..When they get longer they are not attached look white.

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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Toenails are thicker: Toenails are thicker than fingernails and require more keratin to manufacture.
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Dr. Ronald Oberman
30 years experience Podiatry
Shoes, ground: Feet are in shoes quite a bit and are subject to stress and trauma from walking and other activities. This combination tenders to slow toenail growth ... Read More
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
This is : Actually not always the case. I have patients that actually complain of the reverse. If i was hypothesizing, i would ssay because the hands are not in ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Armstrong
22 years experience Podiatry
Brittle nails: Vitamin d deficiency can lead to nail thinning. Oil of olay makes a hand and nail cream that when used over time can make them less brittle. Nuvanail ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Inwood
34 years experience Podiatry
Nails breaking: This can be a vitamin deficiency . See your dermatologist or podiatrist for help.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Chimenti
26 years experience Sports Medicine
A : A general orthopedic surgeon could likely take care of both issues. Usually, the nail will grow back if it falls off or is removed. It is usually be ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience Podiatry
It could be...: A lot of different things, but circulation disorders will cause this. See your pcp or a vascular specialist for more detailed evaluation and treatmen ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ettinger
48 years experience Podiatry
Fungal infections: Certain diseases, medication, vascular problems, diabetes are some causes. I suggest you see your dr.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
35 years experience Pediatrics
This could be a: fungal infection, or if it's one or two nails only, could be from trauma. It would be best to discuss this with your pediatrician and have your child ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
It is possible.: Some causes of nail separation may include trauma, infection, and reaction or side effect of certain medications. Have them evaluated by a professio ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
22 years experience Podiatry
Anonychia: anonychia refers to the absence of fingernails and toenails
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Newman
31 years experience Podiatry
Anonychia: Is the medical term for absence of fingernail(s) and/or toenail(s).

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