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Can dequervains make my hand/wrist look crooked? Won't sit straight anymore

Can dequervains make my hand/wrist look crooked? Won't sit straight anymore

Doubtful: Dequervain's is tendonitis of first dorsal extensor compartment of the radial dorsal wrist. Can cause swelling in the area but should not cause appearance of crooked wrist. Primary symptom is pain over the area with ulnar deviation and traction on the thumb. Use of the thumb in grasp and pinching will cause pain. Seek care with hand surgeon, usually responds to steroid injection ...Read more

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I broke my wrist in aug, 2012.That was fixed but the ulna protrudes out, my hand is crooked?

I broke my wrist in aug, 2012.That was fixed but the ulna protrudes out, my hand is crooked?

Common: Unfortunately, this can be a common occurrence after a wrist fracture. The prominent ulna can be a result of two issues. First, malalignment of the radius bone can cause the ulna to be more prominent. Second, wrist fractures can sometimes cause instability of the distal radioulnar joint (druj). This can cause a prominent ulna too. I would recommend an evaluation by an orthopaedic hand surgeon. ...Read more

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The fingers on my left hand are crooked. (I think I fell on my hand last winter!) How do I go about fixing this?? Will a splint help?

The fingers on my left hand are crooked. (I think I fell on my hand last winter!) How do I go about fixing this?? Will a splint help?

Medical consult...: Since it may be from an injury so long ago, I recommend consulting with an Orthopedic Surgeon and/or a Hand Surgeon. An arthritic condition needs to be ruled out as well. ...Read more

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Did I break my pinky? Swollen, no bruise, crooked and very painful and can't put hand to fist. Had in splint for past 24 hrs. Happened 5 days ago

Did I break my pinky? Swollen, no bruise, crooked and very painful and can't put hand to fist. Had in splint for past 24 hrs. Happened 5 days ago

Get an xray: Time to stop speculating ; get evaluation/diagnosis. Go see your family doc who can order an xray to prove whether broken or not. S/he can then discuss appropriate treatment options w/you. But until we have diagnosis, it's no use guessing. ...Read more

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Punched a wall. Pinky seems a lil crooked, and slight swelling in the back of hand area below ring and pinky fingers. Fist can be clenched. Fracture?

Punched a wall. Pinky seems a lil crooked, and slight swelling in the back of hand area below ring and pinky fingers. Fist can be clenched. Fracture?

Boxers Fracture: You have likely fractured the head of your 5th metacarpal neck with possible displacement and angulation. Do not use your hand, protect it and visit an Orthopaedic Surgeon in clinic. You need x-rays and splinting until an ortho has a chance to schedule you for a closed reduction of the fracture (putting it back in place) and then percutaneous pinning, casting, or in some cases operative fixation. ...Read more

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Why do we have nails?

Why do we have nails?

Nails: A nail forms a protective plate for the underlying tissue. It also acts as a counter-force to improve sensation. ...Read more

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Black strips on nails?

Black strips: Splinter hemorhages are the most common then followed by melanonychia. ...Read more

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How fast do nails grow?

How fast do nails grow?

3-12 months: Fingernails typically grow out completely in 3-6 months and toenails in 6-12 months. ...Read more

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What causes rippled nails?

What causes rippled nails?

Verticle Nail Ridges: Vertical nail ridges are fairly common and nothing to worry about.
Vertical nail ridges extend from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical nail ridges often become more numerous or prominent with age, possibly due to variations in cell turnover within the nail.
If your fingernails change color or you develop horizontal nail ridges, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do my nails grow down?

Why do my nails grow down?

Difficult to say: There are many changes that can occur with the nails. Many can be benign but some changes (downward curling being one of them) can be a sign of systemic disease, particularly lung disease. You should see you primary care doctor and possibly a dermatologist to help determine what is going on. ...Read more

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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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What causes nail clubbing?

What causes nail clubbing?

Many causes`: There are many causes of nail clubbing. The most common is lung disease, then heart disease, gastrointestinal (as malabsorbtion), liver disease (cirrhosis), thyroid and even a congenital born defect called eisenmenger syndrome. ...Read more

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How to keep nails healthy?

How to keep nails healthy?

Healthy nails: For nail health: 1. Don’t bite nails to avoid infections. 2. Keep nails clean & dry. 3. Clip nails straight across (rounded in center) to prevent them from becoming ingrown. Don’t push back cuticles. Use emery board for irregular nails 4. Insure that your shoes fit properly & that they don’t squeeze your toes. 5. Alternate the shoes you wear. 6. Apply moisturizing cream to nails. 7. If nails are thick & hard to cut you can soak in salt water x 5 to10” followed by application of lactic acid cream or urea. 8. Wear flip flops in public showers / pools to avoid fungal infections. 9. Don’t do bathroom surgery. ...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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How do I cut my baby's nails?

How do I cut my baby's nails?

Sandpaper: A grandmother showed me this trick decades ago. I use a simple 1X3 inch piece of heavy duty (wet/dry) sandpaper in 100-180 grit. If you use it free form to file the nails it can do the job in less than a minute on both hands. The paper conforms to the curves better than a file and using it lightly assures you won't injure the skin. ...Read more

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How come my nails are ridged?

How come my nails are ridged?

Which way?: If they are length wise it's not likely to be a serious problem. Even horizontal ridges can be due to repetitive trauma. However you might want to have blood work done for metabloic abnormalities like liver or kidney disease, thyroid or anemic issues. It should be easy to rule out serious causes of horizontal nail ridges, vertical line can occur with age. ...Read more

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Yesterday I stepped on a nail?

Yesterday I stepped on a nail?

See a physician: You want to be sure you are current on your tetanus immunization and to ensure that there is no concern for deeper infection. ...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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How to cut the nails correctly?

How to cut the nails correctly?

Straight: Cut them straight across do not round the corners. ...Read more

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Why do people bite their nails?

Why do people bite their nails?

Pleasure: The lips are populated with a variety of nerve endings that give pleasure as they are stimulated. It helps a newborn figure out how to feed when they have never been hungry; helps the toddler get through a rough day with thumb sucking; makes us enjoy kissing & smoking & chewing your nails. If it weren't for society frowning on the process, more would probably do it. ...Read more

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Vertical nail ridges--bad sign?

Vertical nail ridges--bad sign?

Not necessarily.: Most always, vertical nail ridges simply indicate an aging nail. Just as we can get lines or wrinkles on our face and body, we can get "lines" or "ridges" on our nails. ...Read more

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Why my nails are growing slowly?

Why my nails are growing slowly?

How can you: Tell I think is ht efirst question. Nails grow slowly. There are signs if ther are problems the nails grow irregularly and thinly if ther are problem with nutrition. Also, you'd rather expect also issues in hair and skin. ...Read more

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Is superglue bad for your nails?

Is superglue bad for your nails?

Super glue: It can cause some peeling of the nails but there shouldn't be any permanent damage. ...Read more

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What causes ridges in the nails?

What causes ridges in the nails?

Trauma or illness: If only one nail is involved it could be due to trauma from approximately 4-6 months ago. The nail is made in the nail matrix which is right beneath the cuticle. Thus, it is easy to injure this area. However, if all nails are involved look back 4-6 months ago...Did you have a high fever or surgery? Stresses such as these can give ridges in multiple nails. See your doctor for further eval. ...Read more

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Splitting nails down the middle?

Splitting nails down the middle?

Many possibilities: Longitudinal nail splitting is seen in psoriasis, fungal nail infections, and lichen planus (a relative of psoriasis). A dermatologist can help you pinpoint the cause, and prescribe treatment. ...Read more

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Do vertical nail ridges grow out?

Do vertical nail ridges grow out?

Fingernail Ridges: Vertical fingernail ridges
fingernail ridges are not always a health concern. There is a distinction between vertical and horizontal fingernail ridges. Vertical ridges are normal and are not a sign of any medical health concern. They extend from the base of your fingernail to the tip in an aligned and orderly positioning. They appear more prominently with age. ...Read more