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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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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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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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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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How long can sperm last? And can it live in your mouth and under your fingernails?

How long can sperm last? And can it live in your mouth and under your fingernails?

Sperm lives a: Very, very, short period period if in the mouth or under the nails. Even in the perfect environment it would only live a few days. So don't fret. ...Read more

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How long can semin and sperm last in your mouth and under fingernails?

How long can semin and sperm last in your mouth and under fingernails?

Unanswerable: There have been no scientific studies to answer your question. There is not any valid answer other than that sperm are not transmitted in saliva or from fingernails. Please move on to a new question. ...Read more

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I sometimes get so depressed that I press my fingernails into the crown of my head to relieve the "pressure". Is thst typical of bipolar?

I sometimes get so depressed that I press my fingernails into the crown of my head to relieve the "pressure". Is thst typical of bipolar?

Maybe: You can't diagnose bipolar from the symptoms you describe. You are depressed and should seek help for both an appropriate diagnosis if you are concerned about bipolar and for treatment. You might benefit from both counseling and medication. See what the doctor prescribes after a complete evaluation ...Read more

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My girlfriends son keeps losing his fingernails. The first time his doc said he had hand foot and mouth disease. He lost 2 this time. Cause for concern?

My girlfriends son keeps losing his fingernails. The first time his doc said he had hand foot and mouth disease. He lost 2 this time. Cause for concern?

Onychomadesis: Or falling off (shedding) of nails is a complication of hand foot and mouth disease. Usually, when the condition which causes the problem runs its course or stops, the nails usually will regrow. ...Read more

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Got hand-foot-mouth from son, with blisters all over face, in throat, hands, feet. My fingernails are hurting badly now. Is this possibly related?

Got hand-foot-mouth from son, with blisters all over face, in throat, hands, feet. My fingernails are hurting badly now. Is this possibly related?

Yes: This is an all over infection and can cause almost every symptom. It is self limiting and should be better within 7 days. Adults are often sicker. Use Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen every 6 hours for symptom control. All the best. ...Read more

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My 16m old ate a pile of finger nail clippings. I got as many as I could out of her mouth, but I think she may have swallowed some. Can this hurt her?

Not really: Other than the obvious germ laden nature of the material it is not toxic. I consider it foreign protein. It won't hurt her like a button battery or medicines might. Whatever you didn't retrieve will be sterilized by stomach acid and digested. ...Read more

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Could infested head lice lead get in your finger nails and lead to body lice please help!?

Could infested head lice lead get in your finger nails and lead to body lice please help!?

No - they are: Different species. 3 different species of lice can infect humans): Body lice = Pediculus humanus humanus Head lice = Peidculus humanus capitis Pubic lice = Pthirus pubis. ...Read more

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Decreased sensation head to toe, blue purple finger nails toe nails weakness arms and legs no energy cognitive functions slow loss of concentration?

Decreased sensation head to toe, blue purple finger nails toe nails weakness arms and legs no energy cognitive functions slow loss of concentration?

A visit to the dr: Is a good idea. When was your last physical? A good history and physical with blood work should be performed......At minimum. ...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?

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 do I have such pale, bluish lips instead of bright pink?

Why do I have such pale, bluish lips instead of bright pink?

Blue lips: Most commonly, blue lips are caused by a lack of oxygen in the blood. This may happen when you are at high altitude or if you are choking, or it may be due to chronic underlying conditions such as lung diseases or chronic heart defects. See your local doctor. ...Read more