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What should I do if I have symptoms of nail problems?

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Nails can give you lots of details about your health. Look for the usual suspects before you assume a serious problem. Bruises, under-the-nail bleeding, and fungal infections are the main cause for nails to crack, peel, or change color and texture. Though common, fungal infections can be hard to treat. If your symptoms don’t go away, see a dermatologist.

Nail changes are rarely the first sign of illness. Other symptoms almost always appear before that happens. Only your doctor can tell for sure.

From: Why Do My Nails Look Weird? WebMD Medical Reference

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Joshua Fox, MD, director, Advanced Dermatology; spokesman, American Academy of Dermatology, West Islip, NY.

Medscape: “Cyanosis.”

Cincinnati Children’s: “Cyanosis.”

Fawcett, R.   Mar 15, 2004. American Family Physician,

Mayo Clinic: “7 Fingernail Problems Not to Ignore.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Six Things Your Nails Can Say About Your Health.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Onycholysis.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Raynaud’s?”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Joshua Fox, MD, director, Advanced Dermatology; spokesman, American Academy of Dermatology, West Islip, NY.

Medscape: “Cyanosis.”

Cincinnati Children’s: “Cyanosis.”

Fawcett, R.   Mar 15, 2004. American Family Physician,

Mayo Clinic: “7 Fingernail Problems Not to Ignore.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Six Things Your Nails Can Say About Your Health.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Onycholysis.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Raynaud’s?”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2018

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