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What does it mean to have blue-ish tinted nails? Is that from anemia?

What does it mean to have blue-ish tinted nails? Is that from anemia?

Probably not: Anemia may lead to paleness of the nail beds, but not likely to cause a blue tint. Although there may be other causes, low oxygen levels in the blood may cause this. There are also some unusual blood disorders that may be associated. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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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

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I'm always tired, cold, and I have always had ridged nails. Could it be anemia? I'm 20 yr old female

I'm always tired, cold, and I have always had ridged nails. Could it be anemia? I'm 20 yr old female

Yes: Iron deficiency anemia is common in young women, and your symptoms are often seen in iron deficiency anemia. It's easy to diagnose by a simple blood test, and easy to cure with oral iron supplement. Of course, other disorders could be the cause. It's just that iron deficiency anemia is more likely. ...Read more

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When having pernicious anemia, is it normal for my finger to move without me movin them like they shake from side to side & its hard to paint my nails?

When having pernicious anemia, is it normal for my finger to move without me movin them like they shake from side to side & its hard to paint my nails?

Could be: The abnormal movements associated with pernicious anemia is usually due to B12 deficiency and seen more in the young. (folic acid can cause confusion of symptoms and manifestations) adults show more of the sensory problems in terms of symptoms. Just make sure the diagnosis is right and that you are examined and followed well during treatment. ...Read more

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I have horizontal nail ridges on thumb and little finger for 6 months now. Is it due to hormonal imbalance, nerve damage, or anemia?

I have horizontal nail ridges on thumb and little finger for 6 months now. Is it due to hormonal imbalance, nerve damage, or anemia?

Beau's Lines: The indentations can appear when growth at the area under the cuticle is interrupted by injury or severe illness. Conditions associated with beau's lines include uncontrolled diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, as well as illnesses associated with a high fever, such as scarlet fever, measles, mumps and pneumonia. Beau's lines can also also be a sign of zinc deficiency. ...Read more

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My 12 yr old boy has brown finger nails and toe nails. Is that a anemia or vitamin deficiency? He's tried a lot.

My 12 yr old boy has brown finger nails and toe nails. Is that a anemia or vitamin deficiency? He's tried a lot.

Brown nails: 5 things come to mind:1)fungal infection 2) zinc deficiency also known as acrodemaritis enteropathica 3) smoking unlikely 4) darier disease (keratosis follicularis) or 5) iodine poisoning. Better to see a good internist or dermatologist or a good podiatrist. Thanks. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hypoxia but normal s02?!; shortness of breath, blue nails, clubbing fingernails, pale/gray skin, tachycardia, fatigue, anxious. No anemia,

Symptoms of hypoxia but normal s02?!; shortness of breath, blue nails, clubbing fingernails, pale/gray skin, tachycardia, fatigue, anxious. No anemia,

Need ABG....: you need to get an arterial blood gas test (ABG) to see what your oxygen level is. There are many factors that could render a pulse ox test inaccurate. In order to get an accurate measure of your oxygen level, and to see if the pulse ox test is accurate or not, have your doctor order an ABG. The test can be done as an outpatient. Good luck!! ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure / anemia, I recently had blood and platelet transfusion after giving birth. I have horizontal ridges on 10 hand nails?

Beau's lines: horizontal ridges in nails are known as Beau's lines and often indicate an interruption of the nail growth for a period of time. This growth lapse is usually due to significant illness or malnutrition but possibly could reflect severe anemia for a period of time. If health maintained the lines should grow out over time ...Read more