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Health Tip: Don't Ignore Fingernail Abnormalities

Health Tip: Don't Ignore Fingernail Abnormalities


(HealthDay News) -- An abnormality in all or some of your fingernails can signal a potentially serious medical condition.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these examples:

  • Sunken areas on the fingernail can signal malnourishment.
  • An abnormal shape to the fingernail, with ridges and an inward curve, can signal iron deficiency anemia.
  • White flecks in the nail can indicate leukonychia, which could be caused by factors including zinc deficiency or heavy metal poisoning.
  • An abnormal color or tenderness could indicate an infection, often caused by fungus or yeast.
  • Streaks of blood in the nail can signal an infection, notably effecting heart valves.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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