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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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3:56PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

I always keep looking at the nails for signs that I know off. Thanks ! :)

4:18AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

thanks

5:07AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

Thanks, haven't had any of these but I've had white lines on my nails before which are a sign of zinc deficiency I believe. (They've gone now!)

4:56AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

Pay attention to even the tiniest

9:25AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

thanks

3:21AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

We anteaters have huge claws. :-)

10:37AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

very good info to know :) :)

9:12AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

thanks

3:32AM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

Thanks.

6:18PM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Should I be scared?

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