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Dr. Yash Khanna
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Why are my fingernails so white? Am I anemic?

Why are my fingernails so white? Am I anemic?

White finger nails: Yes you are right white finger nails are mostly caused by anemia .Other causes are liver and kidney disease.So have a blood test done to rule out these causes. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Scott Diede
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When you're anemic is it normal for your fingernails to turn a yellowish color?

When you're anemic is it normal for your fingernails to turn a yellowish color?

Anemia and nails: Anemia usually causes a pale or whitish appearance to fingernails, rather than yellow. If your anemia is caused by iron deficiency, yellow nails have be associated with low iron. Yellowish nails could be a result of a nail fungus (though probably wouldn't be all 10 fingernails at the same time). ...Read more

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Dr. Julio Hajdenberg
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Tops of fingernails turning white and spreading, im hypocondriac and worried! is it anemia?

Tops of fingernails turning white and spreading, im hypocondriac and worried! is it anemia?

Probably not: Anemia can be seen in the fingernails, but it manifests as pallor of the nailbed, not the nail tips. If in doubt you can always ask your doctor to check your red cell count. It's not an expensive test. The most common cause of anemia in the world is iron deficiency. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Lio
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What is the vertical brown line under fingernail? I'm taking iron vitamin for anemic. 8 month ago I use clobesatol for alopecia.

What is the vertical brown line under fingernail? I'm taking iron vitamin for anemic. 8 month ago I use clobesatol for alopecia.

Melanonychia: Melanonychia is a brown-to-black line within the nail, frequently seen in patients with darker skin and often on multiple nails. It can be seen in certain syndromes or due to medications. Rarely, it can be a melanoma of the nail and so needs evaluation by a dermatologist. Probably not the nail changes of anemia or alopecia which are usually not brown lines. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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I was recently diagnosed with anemia and my fingernails are turning a yellowish color. Is this a common symptom?

I was recently diagnosed with anemia and my fingernails are turning a yellowish color. Is this a common symptom?

No, but: If your nails are turning yellow, you may have jaundice, which can be associated with certain types of anemia. In that case, your urine should be dark like tea, and your eyes may be yellow. Otherwise, being very pale can make your nails appear yellow though they may not be. Find out why you are anemic by making an appointment with your doctor or a hematologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
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Fingernail cuticles are seemingly too thin. Does this indicate anemia?

Fingernail cuticles are seemingly too thin. Does this indicate anemia?

Nail thinning: Koilonychia meaning thinning or spooning of nail can be a sign of iron deficiency anemia. It also causes a craving for chewing ice called pica and glossitis and risk for esophageal webs, syndrome called patterson kelley syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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Dr. Mohammad Khan
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Whenever I'm in a cold classroom I'm the only one that's finger nails turn blue. It's been assumed I'm anemic can you give symptoms please ?

Whenever I'm in a cold classroom I'm the only one that's finger nails turn blue. It's been assumed I'm anemic can you give symptoms please ?

See physician: and discuss if you have Raynaud's phenomenon which means that after exposure to cold your blood vessels narrows reducing blood supply to finger tips or nose tip ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Lio
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What is the vertical brown line under finger nail ? I'm taking iron vitamin for my anemic.

What is the vertical brown line under finger nail ? I'm taking iron vitamin for my anemic.

Melanonychia: Melanonychia is a brown-to-black line within the nail, frequently seen in patients with darker skin and often on multiple nails. It can be seen in certain syndromes or due to medications. Rarely, it can be a melanoma of the nail and so needs evaluation by a dermatologist. Probably not related to nail changes of anemia (such as koilonychia). ...Read more

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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
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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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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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