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A 26-year-old female asked:

my nails seem fragile have developed crosswise bands of red/white: http://tinypic.com/r/ogm98j/5. when i extend fingers the nails are white w/dark pink tips. what could explain this and is it normal?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Nothing serious: Nails can be brittle if you are low on iron in your diet. So get your blood checked for anemia and if your hemoglobin is less than 12-13gms, blood iron stores should be checked and supplement provided by your doctor.
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Interesting.: Finger nails are sometimes the clue to several conditions ranging from vascular, fungal, neurological and poisoning to name a few. In this case i don't think you are being poisoned but a visit to a dermatologist is in order.

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I notice that my finger nails are loosing its pink colour and it turning white.I just do not know why?

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A female asked:

The pink part of my nails (fingers) are all uneven and different. Is this normal and is it possible to be fixed?

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Dr. Forrest Jones
Specializes in Family Medicine
Get checked : Is this a new change? Do the colors change to lighter or darker shades, or to white or blue? There could be spasm in the vessels in your fingers, & that needs to be checked & possibly requires active treatment.. Is there pain also? If you experience pain, then you should get an urgent evaliation. Hope that helps.

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Last updated Dec 7, 2013

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