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I was recently diagnosed with anemia and my fingernails are turning a yellowish color. Is this a common symptom?

I was recently diagnosed with anemia and my fingernails are turning a yellowish color. Is this a common symptom?

No, but: If your nails are turning yellow, you may have jaundice, which can be associated with certain types of anemia. In that case, your urine should be dark like tea, and your eyes may be yellow. Otherwise, being very pale can make your nails appear yellow though they may not be. Find out why you are anemic by making an appointment with your doctor or a hematologist. ...Read more

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


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Fingernail cuticles are seemingly too thin. Does this indicate anemia?

Fingernail cuticles are seemingly too thin. Does this indicate anemia?

Nail thinning: Koilonychia meaning thinning or spooning of nail can be a sign of iron deficiency anemia. It also causes a craving for chewing ice called pica and glossitis and risk for esophageal webs, syndrome called patterson kelley syndrome. ...Read more

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Tops of fingernails turning white and spreading, im hypocondriac and worried! is it anemia?

Tops of fingernails turning white and spreading, im hypocondriac and worried! is it anemia?

Probably not: Anemia can be seen in the fingernails, but it manifests as pallor of the nailbed, not the nail tips. If in doubt you can always ask your doctor to check your red cell count. It's not an expensive test. The most common cause of anemia in the world is iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hypoxia but normal s02?!; shortness of breath, blue nails, clubbing fingernails, pale/gray skin, tachycardia, fatigue, anxious. No anemia,

Symptoms of hypoxia but normal s02?!; shortness of breath, blue nails, clubbing fingernails, pale/gray skin, tachycardia, fatigue, anxious. No anemia,

Need ABG....: you need to get an arterial blood gas test (ABG) to see what your oxygen level is. There are many factors that could render a pulse ox test inaccurate. In order to get an accurate measure of your oxygen level, and to see if the pulse ox test is accurate or not, have your doctor order an ABG. The test can be done as an outpatient. Good luck!! ...Read more

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My 12 yr old boy has brown finger nails and toe nails. Is that a anemia or vitamin deficiency? He's tried a lot.

My 12 yr old boy has brown finger nails and toe nails. Is that a anemia or vitamin deficiency? He's tried a lot.

Brown nails: 5 things come to mind:1)fungal infection 2) zinc deficiency also known as acrodemaritis enteropathica 3) smoking unlikely 4) darier disease (keratosis follicularis) or 5) iodine poisoning. Better to see a good internist or dermatologist or a good podiatrist. Thanks. ...Read more

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Is there s relationship between diabetes and anemia?

Is there s relationship between diabetes and anemia?

Glycation: Poorly contolled diabetes by itself promotes red cell desctruction through increase glycation of red cell proteins. ...Read more

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My friend, s baby was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia, and I am wondering what that is?

My friend, s baby was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia, and I am wondering what that is?

Blood destruction: Hemolytic anemia is anemia caused by blood cell destruction. Anemia can generally occur due to decreased red blood cell production or to increased red blood cell destruction. Both of these have many underlying causes. ...Read more

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Any symptoms of anemia?

Any symptoms of anemia?

Fatigue: Fatigue is a common symptom of anemia. It can be harder to exercise and shortness of breath may come from anemia. ...Read more

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How is anemia measured?

How is anemia measured?

Two measurements: The first measurement is hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells). This is reported as grams per 100 ml (g/dl). Values <12 (14 for men) are considered anemic. The second is hematocrit. This indicates the % of volume of blood taken up by red blood cells. Values <36 (42 for men) are considered anemic. Note: different labs might have slightly differing normal ranges. ...Read more

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Can you die from anemia?

Can you die from anemia?

Yes, depending on ..: Severity and intervention. Hematocrits can fall to where o2 delivery is insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder due to severe anemia. Death can occur. If anemia develops slowly, patients can compensate to even very low hematocrits, but then precipitously decompensate. In contrast, rapid development may preclude compensation w/ grave consequences. ...Read more

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What would cause anemia.

Hundreds of causes: It takes me an hour as a medical school lecturer just to basically rattle off the list. Heads up -- if you are iron deficient and eat a reasonable amount of meat (despite the disinformation, vegetables are poor in iron), you're likely losing blood possibly into the gut from serious disease. Don't let them miss it. Any physician can begin the anemia workup. Good luck. ...Read more

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I need advice for anemia?

I need advice for anemia?

Type ; cause: It is very important to know what kind of anemia and what causes it. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease like infection or cancer, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. Consulting with your doctor or a hematologist for proper testing and diagnosis is a must before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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I have anemia is it bad ?

In an otherwise: Healthy 18 yo it is unlikely to be serious. The cause will need to be sorted out to make a plan. ...Read more

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Help me understand anemia?

Simple yet complex: Anemia is as simple as having low hemoglobin and as complex as a full big speciality.It depends what your CBC loos like. ...Read more

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What is opposite of anemia?

Polycythemia....: Is the fancy word for an excessive red cell mass. There is a myeloproliferative disorder (polycythemia vera-pv) that is characterized by a pathologically elevated hematocrit, and often dysfunction in the jak-stat signaling pathway. High o2 affinity hemoglobins are also associated with elevated rbcs. However, acquired elevations are more common, such as from smoking and decreased tissue oxygenation. ...Read more

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What is the cause of anemia?

What is the cause of anemia?

3 main causes: Either one is losing blood, destroying blood or it is not being made. Losing blood (menstrual, donation, bleeding), destroying (antibody destruction), bone marrow failure/space occupying disease. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are clear sins of anemia?

See below: Fatigue, shortness of breath, looking pale are signs of anemia. ...Read more

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What foods are good for anemia?

Some: Make sure you have a firm diagnosis of the cause of the anemia. It could be blood loss, which needs to be traced. If it is dietary lack, find out what is missing. If you are iron deficient, and that is why you are anemic, eat red meats, poultry, and also molasses. But usually you need to take a supplement. If your anemia is caused by something else, you can't fix it easily by diet. ...Read more

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How to know if you have anemia?

Basic blood work: you will need to get a simple blood test to see if you are anemic or not. ...Read more

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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more