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    Fingernails growing white from the bottom

    I noticed my husband's fingernails growing out white. Does anyone know what could cause this? I googled it and get a lot of different possibilities.
    Is it another weird SCI thing?
    We will be seeing a doctor at a VA SCI center next week and plan on asking.
    His aide got a little carried away with the clippers, so ignore the scary manicure.
    I should add he had a lot of lab work when in ER a few weeks ago and all came out normal.
    Last edited by LindaT; 06-02-2013 at 08:25 PM.

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    White nail beds and very pale nails may be symptoms of the following:

    • Anemia
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Liver disease
    • Malnutrition

    I also found this information:

    White nails
    If most of the nail plate has turned white and it is not because the nail has become detached from the nail bed, it is likely to be either a fungal nail infection or a sign of decreased blood supply to the nail bed, known as "Terry's nails".

    Terry's nails are typically white with reddened or dark tips and can be a sign of a wide range of medical conditions, including the following:

    Here is some additional information about "Terry's Nails":

    A physician would need to determine if this applies to your husband. A dermatologist would probably be the most likely consultation to investigate this further, although a good internal medicine physician may also be able to evaluate this.


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    fat soluble vitamin deficiency. A D E or K.
    also heart problems can cause white nails. he has nice fingertips. when my son began to signs of chronic low blood oxygen, the fingertips bulged out and were flat on the tips.
    ether way it is another trip to the Dr. I have five appointments this week. two with specialists. and three tests. ga! we need a vacay from going to the Dr.

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    Wow! You are on the ball KLD!
    I read about the "Terry's Nails" too. His are not red on the tips, but otherwise describes them. It seems the white crescent just kept growing out.
    When he was in hospital 2 weeks ago for cellulitis the nurse noticed and was going to ask the doc and must have forgot-and so did I.
    He is definitely not malnourished and does not drink-but the many meds could cause cirrhosis I suppose.
    He had pages of lab work at ER when he was confused and had a CT scan.
    He does have diabetis, but his numbers have been excellent and A1C 5.5.
    Yes Jody, we need a Vacay from doctors. Back to ENT this week to check the area where granular tissue removed.
    On the bright side his breathing has been excellent and his skin got rave reviews at our local VA. On the down side is the confusion. On Thursday we are headed to the VA SCI center for a week for eval.
    He never complains or panics-I do enough for both of us.

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    I have what the doctor is calling a fungal infection under my thumb nail. It looks a lot different then what your man has. It is more piecemeal looking then what he has, not so consistent. So I'm guessing its something else. Good luck figuring it out.
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    Given the multitude of problems it could be and the range of severity in them, I would try to stay calm and see what the doc says. You said his bloodwork was good, so that could rule out a couple of them.

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