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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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6:00AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

thanks for sharing.

2:48PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014


6:40AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Thank you.

2:32AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014


6:01AM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

Always good to know such information. Many areas of the body provide clues to our general health, so this is not surprising.

8:37PM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

Nice to know I don't have any of these nail conditions ... :-) Always great to get info that tells us more about the health of our bodies

8:19PM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

nails reveal alot

6:22AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

thanks for sharing!

9:49PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

thank you

8:33PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Thank you for the valuable information. Knowing your body is the first step to healthy life. Much appreciated.

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