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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have white scratches on the tips of my fingernails. It looks as if i took an emoryboard&scratched the surface of my nails. What could it be due to?

Iron deficiency: There are so many different causes of nail bed abnormalities. If you see white lines in your nails, get a complete blood count done and check your iron stores. You msy be iron deficient or anemic. ...Read more

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What does white dots on nails mean? Iron deficient? Anemic?

What does white dots on nails mean? Iron deficient? Anemic?

Leukonychia punctata: Fingernails more than toenails. Due to minor injuries to cuticles. Gradually grow out with the nail. Perfectly benign. Not due to disease. Not due to any deficiencies. Relax. Nothing to do. ...Read more

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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