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Fingernails Health Indicator
A dark ring around the iris of the eye is a dark-colored manifestation of the corneal limbus resulting from optical properties of the region.
Limbal rings become less pronounced with age and are considered attractive. Not aware of medical education leading to interpretation of the significance of limbal rings. ...Read more
Is BMI a good indicator of overall health? Just noticing that much of the nfl, according to bmi, would be overweight or obese & they look ok to me.
No: Not necessarily, and just for the reason you so astutely observed :). ...Read more
Hr recovery is an indicator of heart health. If it is excellent, does it decline the probability of heart problems with chestpres/shortness breath?
Yes but: What you said is correct, but it's only one factor. The diagnosis of heart disease or its absence is never based on a single parameter. ...Read more
GGT is not included in liver function tests taken in hospitals. Only included in health check reports. Does this mean it's not an important indicator?
It's very specific: If there is no question about the liver, there is no need to test it. But it is very useful if enzymes suggest liver injury but are not specific. GGT can help confirm or disprove a suspicion. ...Read more
Can uncharacteristic deepening of voice be an indicator of heart health? I.e., voice sounds noticeably deeper, wondering if heart issue could cause?
Is cholesterol testing a good indicator of future heart problems? Is an ECG a good way to measure if your heart is working properly/heart health?
Risk factors: High cholesterol is only one of the risk factors for coronary artery disease, among other risks such as diabetes, hypertension, smoking, and family history. Ecg evaluates heart rhythm and can diagnose some problems with the heart but is a very limited test. Depending on symptoms, further testing may be recommended. ...Read more
Fingernails: Go to uptodate. Com or wikipedia for good discussion. ...Read more
Infection is: Possible. See this Mayo Clinic article to find ways to decrease chances of infection when wearing artificial nails. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/acrylic-nails/faq-20057849 ...Read more
I have horizontal dents in some of my fingernails. I heard this can indicate certain health problems. Can this happen without any underlying cause?
Usually not: This usually is from a stressful event in life that interrupts nail growth. ...Read more
Biotin is: A vitamin good for skin, hair and nails not necessarily prenatal can be taken anytime. ...Read more
Just the fingernails on my pointer & middle fingers on both hands are extremely thin & flat. My general health is excellent. Any suggestions?
Only 2 flat nails: Suggests heredity or nail trauma to base at site of matrix. Nothing to worry about but unlikely you can really change them, sorry ...Read more
Quite A bit: Most commonly, when a physician looks at your finger nails they are looking for characteristics such as clubbing, pitting of the nail, and splinter hemorrhages. These signs are indicative of other conditions such as heart problems and lung problems. You can also get an idea about nutritional status. Melanoma can show up under nails, and psoriasis can affect nails. ...Read more
I've had pitted finger nails for several years without any other symptoms I can think of. Are they always associated with a health problem?
No.: But psoriasis is a frequent cause of pitting nails. Do you do a lot of construction or manual work with your hands? Have you had vitamin D level checked? Do you take in plenty of calcium or at least RDA? Omega-3's in fish oil can help strengthen your nails also. Have your doctor check them out and do a couple blood tests if he/she thinks it's necessary. ...Read more
I have a 2 year old and her finger nails are starting to come off from the back side, also toe nails? She has no health issues.
Malnutrition/disease: If the nails look normal try more foods that have biotin such as swiss chard, carrots, almonds, walnuts, eggs, etc. To improve the nail strength. If the nails look funny see pediatrician or dermatologist for analysis. ...Read more
My 41 year old daughter has been on methadone for 7 years and she has lost all her finger nails difficult time urinating she looks very pale almost gray and is not ini good physical health who can help me.
Its not methadone: She may have any of a number of health problems. The most common are hepatitis c, hepatitis b and HIV (aids). She may also be using other drugs, particularly methamphetamine, which can cause many problems. Or, it may be totally unrelated. Your daughter needs a good medical evaluation, but only she can decide to do that. You can attend alanon meetings which can help you understand her addiction. ...Read more
Anxiety: Anxiety can range from feelings of unease and tension, all the way to extreme fear and panic. There can be chronic, intense worrying. It usually also includes some physical symptoms such as muscle tension; rapid, shallow breathing; fast heart rate; sweating; dry mouth; tremulousness; numbness & tingling around mouth or extremities; feelings of choking; nausea; dizziness; diarrhea, etc. ...Read more
There are two types of diabetes type 1 and type 2; type 1 diabetics usually have one or more of the following symptoms
frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss
extreme fatigue and irritability
type 2 diabetics can have similar symptoms plus
cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
tingling/numbness in the hands/feet. ...Read more
Without more info...: ...its hard to say, but there are a variety of intestinal noises that are considered highly specific for pending obstruction, hypermotility, etc. Only examination can determine the significance of your abdominal sounds and/or symptoms. ...Read more
Anxiety symptoms: Anxiety can be physical or mental. Physical symptoms are heart racing, shortness of breath, tingling, chest tightness, trouble swallowing, nausea, shaking, dizziness, and stomach ache. Some people feel that things aren't real. Mental anxiety is excessive worry, inability to stop irrational thoughts, and being unable to get these repetitive thoughts out of your mind. Anxiety is so treatable! ...Read more
Many signs: Eating too much or too little. Some people starve and then the eat as much as they can or opposite. ...Read more
No: Not necessarily, birth lengths aren't very accurate due to newborns being wiggly! As your baby gets older, your doctor will track their growth and the graphs will give you a better estimate of how tall he'll be. ...Read more
No minor: There are several different types of schizophrenia, but not minor. Symptoms can include hallucinations, delusions and an altered thought process. The symptoms usually have a negative impact on their daily functioning. This is a good link that provides more detail about schizophrenia: http://www. Nimh. Nih. Gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index. Shtml. ...Read more
Earlier the better: The accuracy of ultrasound diminishes with the age of the fetus. The most accurate dating is in the first 4-6 weeks. ...Read more
Tape worms: Many people who have tapeworms have no symptoms other than seeing worms squiggling about when they have a bowel movement. Possible symptoms/ signs can include: weight loss, loss of appetite or the opposite (hunger), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. It can lead to loss of important vitamins and minerals. Serious complications can occur however. ...Read more
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