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Fingernail Diagnostics: Get a Handle on Your Health

DISCOLORED FINGERNAILS

Colorless: May indicate anemia.

Red or deep pink: Can indicate a tendency to poor peripheral circulation.

Blue: Blood may not be receiving adequate oxygen due to respiratory disorders, cardiovascular problems, or lupus erythermatosus.

Yellow: Could indicate fungus, diabetes, psoriasis, use of tetracycline, or heredity.

White, crumbly, soft: May be a result of a fungus infection.

Half white/half pink: May indicate fungal infection or, more seriously, kidney disease.

Small white patches: Usually a sign of injury to the nail matrix.

Purple or black: Usually due to trauma, or may also be a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency. A brown or black streak that begins at the base of the nail and extends to its tip could be a diagnostic clue to a potentially dangerous melanoma. See your health care provider.

Read more: Health, Natural Remedies

Adapted from Natural Hand Care, by Norma Pasekoff Weinberg. Copyright (c) 1998 by Norma Pasekoff Weinberg. Reprinted with permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from Natural Hand Care, by Norma Pasekoff Weinberg.

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1:00AM PDT on Oct 28, 2014

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1:41AM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

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9:21AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

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9:38AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

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12:19AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Thank You So much For Such A Great Article

9:31AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Another nail article. Thanks!

3:36PM PST on Nov 25, 2013

Nailed this one - smile

7:26AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

okay, this person has had a french manicure, so. that's not showing how their actual fingernails appear.

8:51PM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

Thank you for info.

8:46PM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

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