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What sort of things can you tell about a persons health through finger nails?

What sort of things can you tell about a persons health through finger nails?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Can you get HIV through your finger nails if your skin around your nails are broken?

Can you get HIV through your finger nails if your skin around your nails are broken?

Yes: If you pour HIV infected blood into the injury. Most casual contacts do not lead to HIV transmission. Unprotected sex, IVDA and accidental needle stick remain main way of transmissions ...Read more

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Hi Dr please tell me, I am on tarceva (erlotinib) and my finger nails is coming away from my fingers, omg what to do. will it grow back?

Hi  Dr please tell me, I am on  tarceva (erlotinib)  and  my finger nails is  coming away from my fingers, omg what to do. will it grow back?

Stop meds: Tarceva (erlotinib) which is an epidermal growth factor inhibitor blocks this growth factor is some malignant lesions but also in skin and GI tract. It may be effecting the epithelium of the nail bed in your case allowing or causing separation of the nail from nail bed. Probably the only way of preventing this is discontinuing the medication. ...Read more

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What causes rippled finger nails?

Your health status: Are the ripples longitudinal along the length of the nail or horizontal across the nails - also called mees lines. These can occur in a variety of medical conditions. In fact textbooks have been written on nail changes and the relationship to diseases. To answer your question will depend on your health status as the appearance of your nails may be related to your health status. ...Read more

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How do you fix bumpy finger nails?

How do you fix bumpy finger nails?

Dermatologist helps: For bumpy fingernails, a primary care doctor can check and may refer to a dermatologist. If one has had bumpy fingernails forever, it may be a hereditary trait (which is unlikely to be treatable). If the bumpy nails came up recently, the doctors can figure out a diagnosis to see whether or not there is an illness. Psoriasis is a disorder that can cause nail changes. ...Read more