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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
Recently my nails have been breaking extensively. Not just my fingernails but my toenails too. I'm really worried. I can't grow them at all. Reason?
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
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
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
Anonychia: Is the medical term for absence of fingernail (s) and/or toenail (s). ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Circulation: Fingers are closer to the heart.Get a more detailed answer ›
My toenails have been growing in curve under rather than outward. Now my fingernails on my thumbs are growing in curve to the sides. Why?
They have a mind: Of their own....sometimes we just don't have the answer of why, we just try and fix I. ...Read more
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?
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
Biotin is: A vitamin good for skin, hair and nails not necessarily prenatal can be taken anytime. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
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?
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
Can you get fingernail fungus from touching a persons toenail who has the fungus with your fingernail? Will it spread finger to scalp while showering?
No: Not readily transmitted from casual contact. Never spreads to scalp. ...Read more
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
I am 35yr female. Always have thin, peeling, breaking fingernails. Take prenatal vitamins. Toenails fine. No excessive water/chemicals on hands. Why?
Not a podiatry?: This should be directed to a dermatologist. ...Read more
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?
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
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Can extreme shortness of breath and heart rate fluctuations when laying down at night just be anxiety? Sometimes it occurs just sitting still. Cant sleep without being propped up. I have purple fingernails and toenails and a history of heart palpitations.
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
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
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
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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