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Doctor insights on: Bluish Lips And Fingernails

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Is it true that biting the first layer of skin off you lips and biting the skin around your fingernails are signs of anxiety disorders?

Is it true that biting the first layer of skin off you lips and biting the skin around your fingernails are signs of anxiety disorders?

BFRBs & Anxiety: Skin / fingernail biting/picking is a body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) - like hair pulling. BFRBs are closely associated w anxiety disorders. They can arise in response to (a) emotions (anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement); &/or (b) sensing rough areas skin (like cracked skin on lips). BFRBs can feel pleasurable & can serve 2 relieve tension. Effective behavioral treatments available. ...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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Toothache come and goes, 2 fingernail size lumps under chin/jaw and lips swollen, do you know what this could be?

Toothache come and goes, 2 fingernail size lumps under chin/jaw and lips swollen, do you know what this could be?

Could be abscess...: But that is only a guess since you cannot be examined over the internet. Please see a local dentist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes1 from sharing a cigarete with some who as a sore on the lip but didn't touch the tip with it?I held the smoke with my fingernail

Can you get herpes1 from sharing a cigarete with some who as a sore on the lip but didn't touch the tip with it?I held the smoke with my fingernail

Herpes: Oral herpes you can get by kissing someone with an open cold sore on the lip. You may even get it by drinking after someone or by smoking their cigarettes. It is a virus that is i the secretions. As long as your lips did not touch the cigarette you are relatively safe. There is another form of herpies you can get from not wearing gloves while working in someone's mouth. You get it on the fingers. ...Read more

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I have purple fingernails and purple lips since childhood, I am 30 now. No doctor was able to tell me what problem I have. ?

I have purple fingernails and purple lips since childhood, I am 30 now. No doctor was able to tell me what problem I have. ?

Purple lips and nail: Since you have had the condition since childhood you might have congenital methemoglobinemia secondary to pyruvate kinase deficiency.I assume you've had all kinds of tests to tule out other causes. Another possibility might be due to a raynauds phenomenon ...Read more

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Is there a link betw thin fingernails, sores above upper lip for years despite balm & screen, & lax ligaments? I live on m&m's and beer. Poor diet?

Is there a link betw thin fingernails, sores above upper lip for years despite balm & screen, & lax ligaments?  I live on m&m's and beer. Poor diet?

Poor diet: A poor diet can cause the symptoms you describe. Fresh fruits and vegetables, and a good source of lean protein are essential to a healthy diet. It doesn't hurt to add a multivitamin, but don't rely on vitamins to fix problems with your diet. ...Read more

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What causes lips and finger nails depict blue in hypoxia ?

What causes lips and finger nails depict blue in hypoxia ?

Hgb saturation: Hemoglobin carries oxygen. Oxygenated or reduced or saturated hemoglobin look red (emission of lightwave). When the o2 does not occupy the ligands in hemoglobin, they change the rotation of light and look blue. When a certain amount of hemoglobin is desaturated or deoxygenated, we see blue, like in the veins.. ...Read more

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Bluish lips, do I have lupus?

Bluish lips, do I have lupus?

See below: Not typically---other conditions can do this---see a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What can make the lips go really pale to bluish?

Cyanosis: Lack of oxygen, poor circulation, or a chronic underlying medical condition. Please have yourself evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Why dose the skin on my lips look bluish and peel ?

Why dose the skin on my lips look bluish and peel ?

Thin and oil free: The skin on the lips is different from skin on the rest of your face. It appears bluish because capillaries and very small veins called venules all together give the appearance of more circulation than the rest of the facial skin. The peeling happens because there are no oil gland in the lips causing them to be chronically dry. Regular use of chap stick or something similar will decrease peeling. ...Read more