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Fingernails: 5 Signs That Point to Bigger Health Problems

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Fingernails: 5 Signs That Point to Bigger Health Problems

By Marlo Sollitto, contributing editor

Changes in the fingernails can indicate everything from heart disease to thyroid problems and malnutrition. Here are some nail conditions that might require medical attention.

1. Nail Separates from Nail Bed

What it looks like: Fingernails become loose and can separate from the nail bed.

Possible causes:

2. Yellow Nails

What it looks like: Yellow discoloration in the fingernails. Nails thicken and new growth slows. Nails may lack a cuticle and may detach from the nail bed.

Possible causes:

  • Respiratory conditions, such as chronic bronchitis
  • Swelling of the hands (lymphedema)

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3:56PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

I always keep looking at the nails for signs that I know off. Thanks ! :)

4:18AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014


5:07AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

Thanks, haven't had any of these but I've had white lines on my nails before which are a sign of zinc deficiency I believe. (They've gone now!)

4:56AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

Pay attention to even the tiniest

9:25AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014


3:21AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

We anteaters have huge claws. :-)

10:37AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

very good info to know :) :)

9:12AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014


3:32AM PDT on Jun 13, 2014


6:18PM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Should I be scared?

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