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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, AgingCare.com 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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5:31AM PDT on Oct 3, 2014

thank you ~ we need to watch out for these signs for ourselves and our loved ones: doctors seem to dismiss complaints or drawing their attention to a concern. thanks!

4:21PM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

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12:16AM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

Interesting article, thank you

4:34AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

thanks. an interesting read

12:54PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Good information. Thank you.

10:29AM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Oh Boy!

6:00AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

thanks for sharing.

2:48PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Interesting!

6:40AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Thank you.

2:32AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

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