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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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4:40PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Yellowed lifting nails can also occur on your toes if you have problems with your circulation and/or nerve damage.

8:57AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

I thought there were more things like ridges and such. Not much help here

9:49PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

very usefull

8:26AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

Hormonal imbalance during menopause can also affect your nail health.

8:23AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

Interesting. When my anaemia was bad, I accidently bashed my finger which instantly blackened and began to fall off within days. It took six months to grow back and was a damned nuisance. If you are deficient in anything the damage to yourself from injury may consequently end up far worse than if you are healthy. It will take longer to heal as well. So you have to take extra care of yourself to avoid these unwanted and inconveinient mishaps. Trust me, you wouldn't think it, but a finger nail detaching itself is a real pain in the backside and affects everything you do!!

10:29AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

My thumb nail keeps splitting right in the centre, anyone know what that means?

10:18AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

thank you for good information

6:58AM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

Interesting and informative.

10:02AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Thank you.

6:14PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Good to know. Also look for ridges, they speak up for our health as well.

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