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Why do fingernails and toenails turn white when they grow longer?

Why do fingernails and toenails turn white when they grow longer?

White Nails: Nails are held on to your fingers and toes by suction ( which gives it the pinkish color )....As the nail grows out past the end of the finger or toe, the nails color changes. Nails natural color is whiteish because they are translucent. ...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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Why do fingernails grow faster than toenails?

Why do fingernails grow faster than toenails?

Shoes, ground: Feet are in shoes quite a bit and are subject to stress and trauma from walking and other activities. This combination tenders to slow toenail growth more. Feet are also farther from heart and get less perfusion than hands. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats paronychia of the fingernails? Would that same doctor be able to treat a loosened large toe nail? The toe nail was injured on a lava rock and is barely attached. Will it grow back if removed or falls off? Would like to see the s

Paronychia: Podiatrist treat nail deformities of all kinds including paronychia. In some states (oh) podiatrist can treat fingers. In ok where I am podiatrist can not. A dermatologist would be able to help you with your finger nails. ...Read more

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What can cause fingernails and toenails to turn blue?

What can cause fingernails and toenails to turn blue?

Possibilities: This could be from trauma (like bruising), vascular compromise (diminished blood flow), damaged nerves, or more specific conditions like raynaud's (usually associated with autoimmune diseases). Talk to your primary care physician first and a referral will most likely follow based on his/her findings. ...Read more

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What can cause pain under the fingernails and toenails?

What can cause  pain under the fingernails and toenails?

Fungal infections: Certain diseases, medication, vascular problems, diabetes are some causes. I suggest you see your dr. ...Read more

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What would cause a child's fingernails and toenails to fall off?

What would cause a child's fingernails and toenails to fall off?

This could be a: fungal infection, or if it's one or two nails only, could be from trauma. It would be best to discuss this with your pediatrician and have your child seen by his/her regular doctor or go to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Please explain why would a child fingernails and toenails fall off?

Please explain why would a child fingernails and toenails fall off?

It is possible.: Some causes of nail separation may include trauma, infection, and reaction or side effect of certain medications. Have them evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What is the medical term meaning "pertaining to the absence of fingernails or toenails"?

Anonychia: Is the medical term for absence of fingernail(s) and/or toenail(s). ...Read more

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Significance of bilateral clubbing of toenails only? No clubbing of fingernails at all & only 2nd, 3rd, and 4th toenails affected on each side.

CLUBBING : True clubbing is an abnormal finding and may be seen with underlining lung disease. You need an exam labs and cxr. Also podiatrist EVAL to screen for fungal disease ...Read more

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My one year already has an unknown medical condition now she keeps pulling off her fingernails and toenails and feels no pain should I be worried?

My one year already has an unknown medical condition now she keeps pulling off her fingernails and toenails  and  feels no pain should I be worried?

Possibly CIPA: Possibly congenital insensitivity to pain. There are five types.People with congenital insensitivity to pain (cipa) have severe loss of sensory perception.They can feel pressure, but not pain, so they are likely to injure or mutilate themselves without meaning to.The signs and symptoms usually appear at birth or during infancy.Sometimes associated with lack of sweating anhidrosis.See pediatrician. ...Read more

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Ridges on fingernails indicate what? I have vertical ridges on my fingernails and horizonal ridges on my big toenail

Ridges on nails: The vertical ridges may be normal for you or a metabolic problem. The horizontal ridges are usually called "trauma lines" on the toenails and indicate changes in your nail growth pattern at the root level. ...Read more

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I am bleeding beneath my toenails and fingernails, is this a sign of endocarditis?

Endocarditis: Endocarditis can cause "splinter" hemorrhage under the nails. They actually look like tiny little straight splinters. If you are having large areas of bleeding under the nails, it could be traumatic when the toenails hit the tip of the shoe or it could be from a clotting disorder. Either way, it should be checked out asap. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: surgical removal of a fingernail or toenail?

What is the definition or description of: surgical removal of a fingernail or toenail?

See below: Local anesthetic is administered to numb the toe, then a nail splitter is used to cut a portion of the nail. The nail section is removed and then a chemical applied to cauterized the tissue. This will stop the nail from growing back. An antiseptic and dressing is then applied. ...Read more

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The beds of my fingernails are a bluish purple color. And my toenails are also a grayish color. Even when I warn them they are still that color?

The beds of my fingernails are a bluish purple color. And my toenails are also a grayish color. Even when I warn them they are still that color?

How blue?: Discoloration of the fingernails has many causes - this may be a normal variant. Sometimes, this can be indicative of a low amount of hemoglobin or oxygen in the blood. It may be a good idea to check some bloodwork. ...Read more

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Can I use a fingernail buffer on my toenails? I couldn't find any pedicure buffers.

Yes: A fingernail buffer is safe for toenails. Just make sure to avoid damaging your cuticle because you could develop a bacterial or fungal infection if the cuticle is damaged. ...Read more

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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more