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What sort of things can you tell about a persons health through finger nails?

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Garrett Caldwell
Family Medicine
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In brief: Quite A bit

Most commonly, when a physician looks at your finger nails they are looking for characteristics such as clubbing, pitting of the nail, and splinter hemorrhages.
These signs are indicative of other conditions such as heart problems and lung problems. You can also get an idea about nutritional status. Melanoma can show up under nails, and psoriasis can affect nails.

In brief: Quite A bit

Most commonly, when a physician looks at your finger nails they are looking for characteristics such as clubbing, pitting of the nail, and splinter hemorrhages.
These signs are indicative of other conditions such as heart problems and lung problems. You can also get an idea about nutritional status. Melanoma can show up under nails, and psoriasis can affect nails.
Garrett Caldwell
Garrett Caldwell
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