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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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White Nails (Overview)

White nails is a symptom in which fingernails or toenails are whiter than normal, which could mean there is less blood under the nails (person is anemic or has poor circulation to the fingers) so that the nails look less pink. White nails may also mean thickened nails so that the normal pink blood color doesn't show through as much.


Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
9 doctors shared insights

White Nails (Overview)

White nails is a symptom in which fingernails or toenails are whiter than normal, which could mean there is less blood under the nails (person is anemic or has poor circulation to the fingers) so that the nails look less pink. White nails may also mean thickened nails so that the normal pink blood color doesn't show through as much.


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White nails unhealthy?

Not automatically: Some nails are whiteish from physical damage, other times it can be fungal and possibly posiriatic in nature. Have it examined to be sure of the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Treating Nail Fungus (Checklist)

Thin out thickened toe nails and keep nails short
Monthly
Apply topical antifungal
Once
Avoid sharing personal nail care instruments
Once
Avoid tight shoes
Once
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What can I do to treat white nail fungus underneath my toenail?

What can I do to treat white nail fungus underneath my toenail?

Several treatments.: The reason you hear so many different treatments for toenail fungus is because there is no perfect, sure-fire treatment that works 100% of the time. I've seen vaporub work, as well as other natural oil remedies, but rarely. You can also try laser therapy, antifungal creams, paints, or even oral medications if your doctor deems you healthy enough to take them. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for stepping on a rusty nail?

What is the best treatment for stepping on a rusty nail?

Clean/ tetanus: Medical assessment. The wound should be cleansed and dried. Antibiotics are some times needed as well as tetanus shot if it has been more than 10 years since your last one. Dirty puncture wounds have significant risk for infection. ...Read more

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Overcoming Nail Biting (Checklist)

Trim & file your nails daily
Daily
Carry a file with you to deal with snags as soon as possible
Once
Get a weekly manicure
Weekly
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Dont take vitaminsare white nails bad?

Dont take vitaminsare white nails bad?

Leukonychia: Leukonychia totalis is a whitening of the entire nail. This may be due to hypoalbuminaemia (low albumin), which is caused by the nephrotic syndrome (a form of kidney failure), liver failure, protein malabsorption and protein-losing enteropathies. A genetic condition, and a side effect of sulphonamides, a family of antibiotics can also cause this appearance. ...Read more

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Improving Nail Health (Checklist)

Cut the nails straight across
once
Do not dig into the corners when cutting nails
once
Avoid harsh chemicals
Once
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White nails unhealthy?

Not automatically: Some nails are whiteish from physical damage, other times it can be fungal and possibly posiriatic in nature. Have it examined to be sure of the diagnosis. ...Read more

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