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Dr. John Landi
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Concave Nails (Overview)

= spoon nails = concave nails = is a depression in the nails that causes it to look like a spoon. It is often due to iron deficiency.


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Can anemia cause concave nails?

Can anemia cause concave nails?

Yes: Spoon nails or koilonychia (the $5 word) can be associated with many things, iron-deficiency anemia among them. This is definitely worth seeing your doctor about. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nails/wo00055&slide=4. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Concave Nails (Overview)

= spoon nails = concave nails = is a depression in the nails that causes it to look like a spoon. It is often due to iron deficiency.


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How do concave nails form?

How do concave nails form?

Different ways: There are few different reasons a nail may get "curved" or concave. Trauma may damage a nail root and deform the shape of the nail. In other cases, a fungal infection may be the culprit of the deformed nail. In some cases, the shape of the nail runs in the family. In other cases, a systemic condition may also influence the shape of a nail. Talk to your doctor for a more complete list. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
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Treating Nail Fungus (Checklist)

Thin out thickened toe nails and keep nails short
Monthly
Apply topical antifungal
Once
Avoid sharing personal nail care instruments
Once
Avoid tight shoes
Once
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How do concave nails form?

Different ways: There are few different reasons a nail may get "curved" or concave. Trauma may damage a nail root and deform the shape of the nail. In other cases, a fungal infection may be the culprit of the deformed nail. In some cases, the shape of the nail runs in the family. In other cases, a systemic condition may also influence the shape of a nail. Talk to your doctor for a more complete list. ...Read more

Dr. L. Collins Dr. Collins
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Overcoming Nail Biting (Checklist)

Trim & file your nails daily
Daily
Carry a file with you to deal with snags as soon as possible
Once
Get a weekly manicure
Weekly
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What is the definition or description of: Concave nails?

What is the definition or description of: Concave nails?

Koilonychia: = spoon nails = concave nails = is a depression in the nails that causes it to look like a spoon. It is often due to iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Can anemia cause concave nails?

Yes: Spoon nails or koilonychia (the $5 word) can be associated with many things, iron-deficiency anemia among them. This is definitely worth seeing your doctor about. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nails/wo00055&slide=4. ...Read more

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Improving Nail Health (Checklist)

Cut the nails straight across
once
Do not dig into the corners when cutting nails
once
Avoid harsh chemicals
Once
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What do ridged nails mean?

What do ridged nails mean?

Maybe normal but...: Nail ridges (vertical) are frequently normal, but horizontal ridging may suggest psoriasis, which may olny appear on the nails. If concerned, see your pcp, dermatologist, or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How long should my nails be?

Your choice: Your nail length is not critical for anything you do.....Well except maybe to help pry open soda cans. ...Read more

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What to do if I step on a nail?

What to do if I step on a nail?

Tetanus and clean: First you must update your tetanus status. Next the area needs to be cleaned and any foreign material needs to be removed (what did the nail go through? Shoes? Socks?) any foreign material may lead to infection. Lastly the area needs to be protected and the less pressure on it, the better. ...Read more

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Could i get diseases from a nail?

Could i get diseases from a nail?

Yes: If you are injured by a rusty/ dirty nail - microbes could cause an infection. Tetanus is a classic bacterial infection that people worry about with cuts or injuries. ...Read more

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How short should I bite my nails?

How short should I bite my nails?

Don't do it!: Nail biting can cause disruption of the cuticle, and lead to bacterial, yeast and other infections. It may also cause gingival damage. ...Read more

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Should I have my black nail removed?

Should I have my black nail removed?

If it hurts: Dermatologist & hand surgeons can remove nails. Whatever the case your nail should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Why have my nails started to come off ?

Why have my nails started to come off ?

Nail shedding: Nails can shed from many reasons such as trauma, systemic diseases, fungal infections. Evaluation by a dermatologist or podiatrist may be beneficial. ...Read more

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What should I use for an inflamed nail?

What should I use for an inflamed nail?

It depends: On what's causing the inflammation. If it's infected, you'll need antibiotics. If it's inflamed because of an ingrown nail, you'll need that little piece of nail removed. It's more important to address the cause of a problem than to try to treat only the symptom. ...Read more