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How does heart disease etc. Cause curved fingernails?

How does heart disease etc. Cause curved fingernails?

Curved nails: Curved fingernails are characterized by the curving down of the tip of the nail. The nail bed is softened and there is a spongy sensation when the nail is pressed. This condition is also known as nail clubbing. Curved fingernails are associated with heart problems, lung disease, and other underlying health problems. However, it can also be caused without any health problem. ...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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What's relationship between curved fingernails and edema?

What's relationship between curved fingernails and edema?

Nail clubbing: Causes of clubbing:-

congenital injuries
severe chronic cyanosis, lung diseases like empyema, bronchiactesis, carcinoma of bronchus and pulmonary tuberculosis. Abdominal diseases like crohn’s disease, polyposis of colon, ulcerative colitis, liver cirrhosis ect…heart diseases like fallot’s tetralogy, subacute bacterial endocarditis and ect.. ...Read more

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What would cause the edge of my fingernail to swell and be puffy and painful? And how can I get rid of it?

What would cause the edge of my fingernail to swell and be puffy and painful? And how can I get rid of it?

The I's have it.: Could be infection (bacterial or yeast). Inflammation. Ingrown (curved nail can act like a splinter). Talk with your doc about what it is and what can help you. Feel better. ...Read more

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I have curved fingernails like cat's claws and clubbed tips. The middle and ring fingernails also twist when long enough why is this?

I have curved fingernails like cat's claws and clubbed tips. The middle and ring fingernails also twist when long enough why is this?

Fingernail issues: All fingernails tend to curve somewhat when they are long enough. Without seeing how bad yours are, is hard to tell whether they are outside of "normal". I am not sure what makes you want to have long fingernails, but if they are normal length (within your fingertips), they should not curve. ...Read more

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What's relationship between curved fingernails and edema?

Nail clubbing: Causes of clubbing:-

congenital injuries
severe chronic cyanosis, lung diseases like empyema, bronchiactesis, carcinoma of bronchus and pulmonary tuberculosis. Abdominal diseases like crohn’s disease, polyposis of colon, ulcerative colitis, liver cirrhosis ect…heart diseases like fallot’s tetralogy, subacute bacterial endocarditis and ect.. ...Read more

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How do curved fingernails from heart disease look?

How do curved fingernails from heart disease look?

It's not just...: ...The nails; the fingertips widen, and the nails curve around the fingertips. It is caused by extra connective tissue that the body makes to compensate for the heart's inability to pump enough oxygen to the skin. But there are literally dozens of other kinds of nail abnormalities; if the appearance of your fingernails has changed, see a doctor; it might not be your heart at all. ...Read more

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How does heart disease etc. Cause curved fingernails?

Curved nails: Curved fingernails are characterized by the curving down of the tip of the nail. The nail bed is softened and there is a spongy sensation when the nail is pressed. This condition is also known as nail clubbing. Curved fingernails are associated with heart problems, lung disease, and other underlying health problems. However, it can also be caused without any health problem. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes/cures fingernails that grow curved like claws?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes/cures fingernails that grow curved like claws?

Do you cut nails: If someone does not cut their nails and let them grow longer and longer they will eventually curve and look like claws. This is known as onychogryphosis. You can see a picture of this if you go on to google images. The only other thing I can imagine you are thinking of is something called pincer nails. Onychogryphosis iscured by cutting your nails. Pincerer nails need to be treated surgically. ...Read more

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Would my fingernail grow once again normally as before after it 's been smashed. Now it is about to peel off...What should I do after it's gone?

It should: If you lose your current nail, the new nail that grows in should grow normally. This assumes that the trauma did not damage the nail matrix which lived under the cuticle. The matrix cells are the ones involved in regrowth and if damaged can lead to permanent nail dystrophy. ...Read more

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I woke up in one morning and my finger was dark brown and some of my fingernail too was brown I don’t know from where it’s coming and I don’t feel from it and I can feel my finger fine but the texture is bad it feels like my finger was burnt (didn’t?

I woke up in one morning and my finger was dark brown and some of my fingernail too was brown I don’t know from where it’s coming and I don’t feel from it and I can feel my finger fine but the texture is bad it feels like my finger was burnt (didn’t?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor as your symptoms warrant an evaluation.
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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What is white crest of a fingernail?

What is white crest of a fingernail?

Lunula: I believe you are referring to the lunula or "little moon" seen under your fingernail most prominently on your thumb. It is an area of less developed collagen and has little medical significance although abnormailties may be associated with systemic disease. ...Read more

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How can I keep my fingernails healthy?

Nail hygiene: The less you do the better --avoid nail polish and nail polish remover as much as possible and definitely avoid "fake" nails ---do not pick at nails or play with cuticles.
There are nail hardeners such as Genadur and oral Biotin may help strengthen nails ...Read more

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What causes dark lines under fingernails?

Injury: Trauma and some illnesses can do this. Remember that nails are related to hair but grow more slowly so that an injury to them may show up over time.
I often see this in my oncology patient with certain chemotherapy. They well have lines in the nails. ...Read more

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What do you do when your fingernail breaks?

Try to clip it down: So that you won't experience uneven pressure against your finger. Clip it straight across with a nail clipper. ...Read more

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Any reasons why my fingernails turn blue easily?

Any reasons why my fingernails turn blue easily?

Circulatory issue: You may have a deficiency of the circulation to your fingers or a sympathetic nerve issue. This may be part of a condition termed Raynaud's phenomenon. Whatever the cause, it is best to bring this to the attention of your family doctor who can make a diagnosis for you. ...Read more

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What causes fingernails to fall off occasionally?

Varies: The cause of fingernails falling off can be secondary to trauma, infection, or other systemic diseases. ...Read more

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What are the little white marks on my fingernails?

Mees lines: They are an old indication of arsenic poisoning, but in fact, it can be an indication of any recent illness. They are benign. ...Read more

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What would cause horizontal ridges on fingernails?

What would cause horizontal ridges on fingernails?

Beau's lines: Beau's lines, which are grooves that run horizontally across the nail plate. They usually develop when nail plate growth, which begins in the nail matrix (located under the cuticle), is temporarily disrupted. This can occur with direct injury to the nail matrix; an inflammatory condition such as psoriasis; infection around the nail plate; repetitive picking at the nails or cuticles; or sickness. ...Read more

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What might cause horizontal ridges on the fingernails?

It depends: Changes in fingernails can be indicative of an underlying medical disorder. Ridges or bumps can be related to iron deficiency. Anemia, lupus, heart disease, and thyroid disorders can also can changes to the fingernails. Fungal infection also can cause bumps and discoloration of the nailbed. ...Read more

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I don't have moons on my fingernails. What does that mean?

Lunula: Some people have 10/10 lunulae (moons), some have none, some have a number in between, but there is nothing abnormal about seeing lunulae (or not).
These are the nail growth zone and sometimes they are visible. ...Read more

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What causes bumps in fingernails?

What causes bumps in fingernails?

Varies: Bumps in the fingernails of patients can result from trauma or focal compression on the nail matrix. It can also be a sign of a systemic disease process. Follow with your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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How can you stop biting fingernails?

How can you stop biting fingernails?

Different Options: There are a few ways you can stop biting your nails. One way is to pick one nail and not bite that one for awhile, once it has been about 2-3 weeks notice how good that nail looks. Then, pick another nail and don't bite it for awhile, continue this until you aren't biting your nails anymore. Another step is to keep yourself occupied, chew gum or do an activity that requires using your hands. ...Read more

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How can I stop biting my fingernails?

How can I stop biting my fingernails?

Different Options: There are a few ways you can stop biting your nails. One way is to pick one nail and not bite that one for awhile, once it's been about 2-3 weeks notice how good that nail looks. Then, pick another nail and don't bite it for awhile, continue this until you aren't biting your nails anymore. Another step is to keep yourself occupied, chew gum or do an activity that requires using your hands. ...Read more

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What can purple fingernails determine?

Nail polish?: Probably not nail polish. The blueness suggests blood flow issues in the tissue. A blockage in circulation is the suggestion. Your hands are cool? Is there any swelling? Do they change colors in the cold? I am assuming that the blueness is not in the nail at all but actually in the tissue of the fingers. We need to understand why you have these circulatory changes - vessel blockage? ...Read more

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What do I do for an infected fingernail?

What do I do for an infected fingernail?

Infection: The mainstay of treatment for finger infections is antibiotics and proper wound care. The proper wound care varies for each of the different infections. This can range from a simple incision and drainage of the wound to an extensive surgical exploration of the wound to remove as much infected material as possible. ...Read more

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What causes ridges & bumps on fingernails?

A number of things: Nail issues really need to be examined to determine a clear diagnosis and possible cause. However, some ridges can be entirely normal. Repetitive trauma can cause nail changes as can disease states. ...Read more

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How to take care fingernails during chemo?

Nothing special: Nails are affected in some patients but the effects are quite varied. Most often it is a change in color or a slowed growth. Rarely nails can fall off due to slowed or shut down of their growth. But these effects are temporary and the new nails will grow back. So you just have to put up with this problem like you do with hair loss. Certainly ladies can use nail polish to cover up the color changes. ...Read more

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What causes ridges and bumps on fingernails?

It depends: Changes in fingernails can be indicative of an underlying medical disorder. Ridges or bumps can be related to iron deficiency. Anemia, lupus, heart disease, and thyroid disorders can also can changes to the fingernails. Fungal infection also can cause bumps and discoloration of the nailbed. ...Read more

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How do you rid yourself of bumpy fingernails?

Med: There is a medication called genadur that may correct this problem. I would see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation. This way you can get the best treatment for the problem. ...Read more

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What effect do long fingernails during sex have?

Injury!: I am guessing what your question means.

If someone with long fingernails is not careful, they could cause injury to sensitive body parts. Their own and their partner's. ...Read more

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How can I stop myself from biting my fingernails?

See below: There are nail polishes available, which are bitter. This may help stop the habit. Sometimes, I suggest bitter apple spray, which is available in a pet store. It is non toxic. ...Read more

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What should I do for this fungus in my fingernail?

Fungal infection: Please keep finger nail clean and dry. Consider some white vinegar soaks. If no better in a couple weeks then see doctor for more powerful treatments. Likely will need oral medication or prescription strength meds but natural treatment would be the first line. ...Read more

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What do you call the white line on the fingernail?

Lunula?: Lunula is the domed shaped white area at the base of the nail bed.
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Are white speckles on my fingernails due to fungus?

Are white speckles on my fingernails due to fungus?

Unlikely: Fungal infections on fingernails is pretty rare. White lines or speckles can be irritation or allergy to fingernail polish. Try not leaving your nail polish on too long, or do without for several months. If it clears up, that's the reason, and stick to non-allergic types of polish. ...Read more