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What can cause fingernails and toenails to turn blue?

What can cause fingernails and toenails to turn blue?

Possibilities: This could be from trauma (like bruising), vascular compromise (diminished blood flow), damaged nerves, or more specific conditions like raynaud's (usually associated with autoimmune diseases). Talk to your primary care physician first and a referral will most likely follow based on his/her findings. ...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


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Two year old has fingernails that turn blue and also ears, nose and toenail have come off. What can be causing this?

Two year old has fingernails that turn blue and also ears, nose and toenail have come off. What can be causing this?

See Pediatrician now: I hope your 2 year old has not lost ears and nose as well as toenail! oh, i see, the fingernails, ears, and nose turn blue, and the toenail is what fell off! this could be a sign of serious problems with the heart/lungs, so you should have your child seen by a pediatrician with special care to evaluate the heart. Now. Referral to a pediatric heart specialist may be the next step. ...Read more

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What cause finger nails and toenails to turn blue?

What cause finger nails and toenails to turn blue?

Vasoconstriction: Vasoconstriction of the vessels can cause nails to turn blue. Known as raynaud's phenomenon, the constriction causes a loss of bloodflow in the area and improper oxygenation. The bluish color is described sometimes cyanotic. Another cause of blue nails can be from trauma due to a subungual hematoma (blood blister under the nail). ...Read more

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Why do fingernails grow faster than toenails?

Why do fingernails grow faster than toenails?

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 more. Feet are also farther from heart and get less perfusion than hands. ...Read more

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What can cause pain under the fingernails and toenails?

Fungal infections: Certain diseases, medication, vascular problems, diabetes are some causes. I suggest you see your dr. ...Read more

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What would cause a child's fingernails and toenails to fall off?

What would cause a child's fingernails and toenails to fall off?

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 seen by his/her regular doctor or go to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why do fingernails and toenails turn white when they grow longer?

Why do fingernails and toenails turn white when they grow longer?

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, the nails color changes. Nails natural color is whiteish because they are translucent. ...Read more

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Please explain why would a child fingernails and toenails fall off?

Please explain why would a child fingernails and toenails fall off?

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 professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What is the medical term meaning "pertaining to the absence of fingernails or toenails"?

Anonychia: Is the medical term for absence of fingernail(s) and/or toenail(s). ...Read more

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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more