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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

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?

Fungus: However, this would be obvious as there would be thickness. If here is thickness at all, I would rule out neuropathy as the cause. ...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 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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What causes fragile fingernails and toenails and what can help remedy and prevent this?

Many causes: They can be environmental- prolonged use of nail polishes, repeated washings/water exposure (think dishpan nails vs hands) and due to medical reasons such as forms of anemia, injury, circulatory changes and other medical reasons. Talk to your doctor about this for a proper diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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My mom's toenails and fingernails are black. Is there anything that will clear this? She weeks @ a hotel where they also use chemicals

Shoes fit?: Could be related to proper fitting of her shoes? Always have 1 finger width from the edge of the shoe to the longest toe. If toenails and fingernails are getting discolored you might want to have her see her doctor for raynaud's disease. Disease. Http://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/health-topics/topics/raynaud/. ...Read more

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Hello, I am an Asian girl with fair skin and I have the vertical black lines on my fingernails and toenails. What does this mean? Thanks.

Hello, I am an Asian girl with fair skin and I have the vertical black lines on my fingernails and toenails. What does this mean? Thanks.

Chemical reaction: Vertical lines in bot finger and toenails could be due to some chemical that was ingested. Horizontal lines are more common and again caused by a drug or something ingested. ...Read more

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My toenails look like crushed up nail is underneath the nail versus fingernail which is just nothing or skin underneath, what's causing my toenailissue?

My toenails look like crushed up nail is underneath the nail versus fingernail which is just nothing or skin underneath, what's causing my toenailissue?

Possibly fungus: There could be some debris under the toe nail and may have some fungal involvement. Toes are enclosed in socks and shoes, while fingers are exposed and washed several times a day. Toe nails just do not get the same attention as fingernails. ...Read more

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Thyroid problem? I've noticed my toenails have literally fallen off from the bed without trauma. Also my fingernails are lifting from the bed as well

Thyroid problem? I've noticed my toenails have literally fallen off from the bed without trauma. Also my fingernails are lifting from the bed as well

You nailed it.: There are a multitude of conditions that can cause toenails to become brittle, thickened, break off and even lift off from the nail bed. Both hypo and hyper thyroidism are included in the list of conditions. Of course, there are a whole lot of other symptoms associated with both of these conditions. If you feel that you might have a thyroid condition you should follow up with your family doctor. ...Read more

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24 year old male. Horizontal ridging in toenails. Nail feels a bit rough. Mainly in big toe and toe next to big toe. Fingernails not affected. Normal?

24 year old male. Horizontal ridging in toenails. Nail feels a bit rough. Mainly in big toe and toe next to big toe. Fingernails not affected. Normal?

Usually: They're called Beau's lines. May occur from temporary cessation in toe nail growth. Eg trauma. In cases of malnutrition they can also be found. But if you're otherwise healthy, they are normal. ...Read more

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Two year old has fingernails that turn blue and also ears, nose and toenail have come off. What can be causing this?

Two year old has fingernails that turn blue and also ears, nose and toenail have come off. What can be causing this?

See Pediatrician now: I hope your 2 year old has not lost ears and nose as well as toenail! Oh, I see, the fingernails, ears, and nose turn blue, and the toenail is what fell off! This could be a sign of serious problems with the heart/lungs, so you should have your child seen by a pediatrician with special care to evaluate the heart. Now. Referral to a pediatric heart specialist may be the next step. ...Read more

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Why are my finger nails and toe nails so thin? They don't grow and have white spots on them could this have something to do with diabetes?

Why are my finger nails and toe nails so thin? They don't grow and have white spots on them could this have something to do with diabetes?

Leuconychia: Usually white spots appear on nails from trauma. If you stop banging your nails the spots should disappear. Your nails are growing but since they are thin they are breaking off and appear as if there not. ...Read more

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Severe athletes foot deep cracks in the heel of foot, toenails that are too thick to cut with fingernail clippers extreme pain and burning what to do?

Severe athletes foot deep cracks in the heel of foot, toenails that are too thick to cut with fingernail clippers extreme pain and burning what to do?

Consult with: A BOARD CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST (Skin specialist)
Look for Hospital or University based (resources for CULTURE and SENSITIVITY of the infecting fungus (Although 'Tinea Pedis" most "common" other fungi can 'invade" as well as BACTERIAL 'super" infection" Good Luck and hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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I am anemic and taking iron 65mg X2 per day. I noticed that my toenails and fingernails have a purple tint to them. Is this normal? Ekg, chest x-rays, lipid panel, BP, oxygen level, cbc all normal except hemoglobin 11.3 and ferritin 4.3.

I am anemic and taking iron 65mg X2 per day. I noticed that my toenails and fingernails have a purple tint to them. Is this normal? Ekg, chest x-rays, lipid panel, BP, oxygen level, cbc all normal except hemoglobin 11.3 and ferritin 4.3.

Anemia: Your anemia probably from blood loss, that is the most common reason to be anemic in a female of your age provided you still menstruate. The purple tint to the nails does not sound like from the mild anemia you claim, some it could be from vasospasm, Are you a smoker that can cause peripheral vascular problem. ...Read more

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What cause finger nails and toenails to turn blue?

What cause finger nails and toenails to turn blue?

Vasoconstriction: Vasoconstriction of the vessels can cause nails to turn blue. Known as raynaud's phenomenon, the constriction causes a loss of bloodflow in the area and improper oxygenation. The bluish color is described sometimes cyanotic.
Another cause of blue nails can be from trauma due to a subungual hematoma (blood blister under the nail). ...Read more

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What is the reason we have fingernails and toe nails?

Protection: Before we used them to climb trees and defend ourselves. Now the serve to protect the bones on tip of our toes and fingers. ...Read more

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What is the cause if toenails and finger nails to become brittle break apart and fall off.

What is the cause if toenails and finger nails to become brittle break apart and fall off.

Many reasons: Including nutritional issues, nail polish allergy, fungal infections and an assortment of dermatological problems from psoriasis to lichen planus. If you're losing weight and are depressed, it may be nutritional. Best to see a dermatologist about this. Good luck! ...Read more

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I pick at my fingernails & toe nails a lot & it's not uncommon to go until they bleed, but can't seem to stop. Is this a condition or just bad habit?

I pick at my fingernails & toe nails a lot & it's not uncommon to go until they bleed, but can't seem to stop. Is this a condition or just bad habit?

Picking at nails: To the point of bleeding and "can't stop" MAY be a form of OCD. Please start by talking w/your doc and then seeing a mental health professional. Peace and good health. Do you also count things excessively or have to perform certain behaviors or rituals to feel safe or ward off danger? ...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