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Fingernails: 5 Signs That Point to Bigger Health Problems

3. Spoon Nails

What it looks like: Soft nails that look scooped out. In spoon nails (koilonychia), the depression usually is large enough to hold a drop of liquid.

Possible causes:

4. Nail Clubbing

What it looks like: The tips of the fingers become enlarged and the nails curve around the fingertips.

Possible causes:

5. Opaque Nails

What it looks like: Nails look mostly opaque but have a dark band at the tips (a condition known as Terry’s Nails)

Possible causes:

  • Malnutrition
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease

If your senior parent has one of these nail problems, and it doesn’t go away, make an appointment with your doctor to get it diagnosed.

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Fingernails: 5 Signs That Point to Bigger Health Problems originally appeared on AgingCare.com

 

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1:29AM PST on Jan 19, 2015

Interesing information thank you for sharing

6:29AM PST on Jan 13, 2015

Thanks

7:37AM PST on Jan 12, 2015

This is very interesting. As a nurse, I always thought that the only thing the fingernails could imply was lack of oxygen in the blood.

12:48PM PST on Jan 10, 2015

Thanks.

8:04PM PST on Jan 9, 2015

Thanks

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!

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!

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