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I noticed my fingernails have a purple tint to the beds of them with my medical condition should I be worried?

I noticed my fingernails have a purple tint to the beds of them with my medical condition should I be worried?

Purple nail beds: Temperature changes such as cold may make the nail beds appear purple . In some cases it can be a sign of underlying cardiovascular disease. It is wise to ask your physician. ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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My nail bed is flaking away from my fingernails?

My nail bed is flaking away from my fingernails?

If you have...: Artificial nails, remove them. A common cause is damage from the adhesive applied to hold the acrylics. Then, keep your nails away from soap & water and harsh chemicals as much as possible (wear gloves). Take biotin (one of the b vitamins) 5000 units per day. Use nail polish, either one color coat or 2 clear coats. Be patient, it may take several weeks to bring your nails back to normal. ...Read more

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I have a bunch of very small black dots inside my fingernails and nail beds. I'm a big nail biter so I look at my nails a lot throughout the day. They just appeared one day and I can't get them to go away.

I have a bunch of very small black dots inside my fingernails and nail beds. I'm a big nail biter so I look at my nails a lot throughout the day. They just appeared one day and I can't get them to go away.

Splinter hemorrhage?: These may be what are called splinter hemorrhages. They can be dot-like but also needle-like. I don't think biting has anything to do with it. It would be worth having your doctor or a dermatologist look at them. ...Read more

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I have a nasty cyst... on my fingernail bed... my nail came off partially and now... what seems to be flesh is starting to swell up and stick out.

I have a nasty cyst... on my fingernail bed... my nail came off partially and now... what seems to be flesh is starting to swell up and stick out.

Nasty cyst: This is called a "Mucoid cyst." It is really coming from the terminal finger joint below. Surgical removal usually fails because the trouble is in the arthritic joint below. There are worse things in life to live with. Medicine is not static so check back with an orthopedist, especially a hand surgeon in a few years. Meanwhile, try acrylic nails from time to time. ...Read more

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The beds of my fingernails are a bluish purple color. And my toenails are also a grayish color. Even when I warn them they are still that color?

The beds of my fingernails are a bluish purple color. And my toenails are also a grayish color. Even when I warn them they are still that color?

How blue?: Discoloration of the fingernails has many causes - this may be a normal variant. Sometimes, this can be indicative of a low amount of hemoglobin or oxygen in the blood. It may be a good idea to check some bloodwork. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to care for nail bed when the fingernail has been torn completely off? It happened about 14 hrs ago, still bleeding, is this normal

Keep nail bed clean: If the nail was completely removed with out damaging the nail bed you will probably grow a normal nail ideally., the nail can be put back in place to prevent the skin from healing to the nail bed. It might be worthwhile to see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Thyroid problem? I've noticed my toenails have literally fallen off from the bed without trauma. Also my fingernails are lifting from the bed as well

Thyroid problem? 
I've noticed my toenails have literally fallen off from the bed without trauma. Also my fingernails are lifting from the bed as well

You nailed it.: There are a multitude of conditions that can cause toenails to become brittle, thickened, break off and even lift off from the nail bed. Both hypo and hyper thyroidism are included in the list of conditions. of course, there are a whole lot of other symptoms associated with both of these conditions. If you feel that you might have a thyroid condition you should follow up with your family doctor. ...Read more

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Nail bed still looks red days after fingernail removal. Is this normal?

Nails sterile matrix: Or what you see under the nail plate (what you call the hard part of the nail) is very vascular and it bleeds. It normally is reddish in color from that blood supply no matter what shade or pigment one is. If it was taken off for infection, the best way to differentiate infection from normal hyperemia or redness from irritation and bllod flow is to ask the physician who took the nail off. ...Read more

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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more