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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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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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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.

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