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My fingernails are turning orange??????

Amanda S.
on 8/27/07 7:17 am, edited 8/27/07 7:23 am - shelley, ID
The top half of all of my fingernails have turned orange. Kind of look like they did in the old days when I was eating cheetos and hadn't licked my fingers yet  I'm guessing this is some kind of nutritional deficiency? Those B vitamins I ordered on 8/10 STILL aren't here yet, so I hope it isn't related to that. Just wanted to get your thoughts, I'm going to call my NUT now. Thanks! UPDATE:  Called my NUT, she said she's not sure. It could be a zinc deficiency but it is rare that bypass patients get deficient in zinc. I guess they also don't like to prescribe it because it interfers with iron absorbtion.   So basically I still have no clue :)

Amanda
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~Joy~ .
on 8/27/07 7:38 am - KY
Do u usually paint ur nails?  Sometimes that will cause the nails to turn yellow or orange.
FastFingers ~*~
on 8/27/07 7:40 am
This reminds me of when my daughter turned a year old.  We took a ton of photos, and in all of them she had an orange nose!  We had never noticed it in person, somehow, but it was SO obvious in the photos.  The pediatrician told us that eating a large amount of vegetables which have beta-carotene (carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.) can do this.  It's not harmful at all (if this is the basis for your color change), but it can turn you orange all over eventually!  Ask your NUT about that possibility.  I would think that new growth (the top half) would indicate this more than older nail (the tips...)? Good luck, Amy K

                                   Flying Spagetti Monster

"Doubt everything.  Find your own light."
--
Last words of Gautama Buddha, in Theravada tradition

FastFingers ~*~
on 8/27/07 7:42 am
Curiosity got the best of me, and I looked this up for you.  Here's what I found:

Did you know you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their nails? Not just what their shade of polish is, or whether they do heavy housework or not by the nail length. We're not just looking at cosmetics here, but rather at unpolished nails and seeing if they have anything to say about health.

 

(As always, it is important to note that this is provided to be purely informative, and under no cir****tances should one take this information and use it for self-diagnosis. If you are concerned or suspect you may have any condition, see your doctor immediately.)

 

Nails are our protection for the nerves in our fingertips, while toenails protect toes from damage or injury. They are part of the skin layer and are made up of a protein called keratin.

 

A healthy blood supply will create a peachy-pink nail bed. If there is a deficiency or physical problem within our bodies, the fingernails can show it.

 

What are some of the problems that an show up on the nails, and what are the signs?

 

Discolored nails: Diabetes, stress, allergies and simple illness can cause your nails to appear discolored. A greenish nail color, however, can be a sign of infection, either in the nail bed or in your system.

 

Bluish nail beds can be a sign of lung trouble, such as emphysema or even asthma. A simple dark blue line in the nail can be a sign of skin cancer. Tiny black streaks can indicate a heart problem, while reddish-brown spots can indicate a deficiency of folic acid, protein or vitamin C.

 

Yellowing nails are early signals of various internal disorders, such as diabetes, respiratory or liver problems. White lines in or across the nail can signal fever, liver or heart disease, kidney disorders or, more likely, a lack of iron or zinc in your diet.

                                   Flying Spagetti Monster

"Doubt everything.  Find your own light."
--
Last words of Gautama Buddha, in Theravada tradition

Amanda S.
on 8/27/07 7:47 am - shelley, ID
Wow thanks, that is great info!  I don't eat enough of that stuff for it to turn into a big carrot or anything   I'm still at the stage where I don' thave much room left after getting my protein in. Did your daughters nose go back to normal??

Amanda
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FastFingers ~*~
on 8/27/07 7:50 am
Yes!  Apparently, many of the common jarred baby foods are so popular because they're sweet.  Carrots and sweet potatoes are the sweetest veggies, so they're combined with other, less sweet, veggies, to make them more palatable for little ones.  So we stopped giving her orange baby foods as much, and lo and behold, she turned pink again!  LOL

                                   Flying Spagetti Monster

"Doubt everything.  Find your own light."
--
Last words of Gautama Buddha, in Theravada tradition

FastFingers ~*~
on 8/27/07 7:45 am
Secrets Your Nails Reveal The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but your fingernail may provide a peek into the status of your health. Nail changes or abnormalities are often the result of nutritional deficiencies or can reveal specific health conditions. Deficiencies produce the following changes in the nails: Lack of vitamin A and calcium causes dryness and brittleness. Vitamin A and B deficiency causes fragile nails, with horizontal and vertical ridges. Insufficient intake of vitamin B12 leads to excessive dryness, very rounded and curved nail ends, and darkened nails. Lack of protein, folic acid, and vitamin C causes hangnails. White bands are also an indication of protein deficiency. If there are insufficient “friendly” bacteria (lactobacillus) present in the body, fungus forms under and around nails. Lack of hydrochloric acid (HCI) contributes to splitting nails. The symptoms listed below may possibly signal the health problems listed. They do not provide definite diagnoses. But if you notice any of these, let your doctor know. Pale or bluish nails: this may indicate anemia. Pink color slow in returning when nail is squeezed: This may indicate decreased or slowed blood circulation White spots these occur as the result of an injury to the nail; they are not due to zinc deficiency, as some people believe. White lines parallel to the lunula (and not the cuticle) these indicate some sort of systemic (body wide) insult. Clubbed nails these nails are shaped like the backside of a spoon and may indicate cardiopulmonary disease or asthma. Spoon nails these dips inward and could mean certain types of anemia or injury. Pitted nails these punched-out looking spots may signify psoriasis. Thick nail may indicate the vascular system is weakening and blood is not circulating properly. If the white moon area of the nail turns red, it may indicate heart problems; If it turns slate blue, then it indicates over exposures to metal or lung trouble. Brittle nails signify possible thyroid problems, impaired kidney function, and circulation problems. Flat nail can denote Raynaud’s disease. Yellow nail can indicate internal disorders long before other symptoms appear-the lymphatic system, respiratory disorders, diabetics, and liver disorders. White nails indicate possible liver or kidney disorders and/or anemia. Deep blue nail beds may indicate asthma or emphysema. Nail beading is a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. Brittle, soft, shiny nails without a moon may indicate an overactive thyroid. White lines across the nail may indicate a liver disease. A half white nail with dark spots on the tip, possible kidney disease. Raised nails at the base with small white ends show a respiratory disorder such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. This nail condition may also be hereditary. Downward curved nail ends may denote heart, liver, or arsenic poisoning. White lines show possible heart disease, high fever, or arsenic poisoning. Nails that resemble hammered brass indicate a tendency toward partial or total hair loss. Unusually wide, square nails can suggest a hormonal disorder. White nail with pink near the tips are a sign of cirrhosis. Anything resembling a wart around the nail this could be a skin cancer and needs to be examined by a doctor. Dark spots this could be melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. If the spot bleeds into the cuticle or nail folds, this is a serious warning sign that requires immediate medical attention. Nail shingling; they split like roof shingles at the end of the nail. The reason for this condition is-exposure to harsh detergents, and too frequent use of nail polish remover. Beau’s line these horizontal depressions occur after a traumatic event, such as a high fever. You can actually date the event by measuring the nail and figuring in the growth rate. Your fingernails grow about one eighth of an inch a month. Fingernails grow faster than toenails. Nails on the longest fingers grow the fastest. If your right-handed, nails on that hand grows faster than on your left-hand the opposite is true for lefties. Your fingernail will also grow faster during the summer, during pregnancy, and when they are recovering from injury. Separation of the nail plate from the nail bed, a condition called onycholysis. It occurs after an injury, infections, allergies to nail cosmetics, exposure to chemicals, or diseases like psoriasis. If the nail appears white, it may have separated. You’ll need to see your doctor and you will want to be careful not to aggravate the problem further. Unfortunately, once the nail has separated it won’t reattach. You have to wait until a new nail has grown out. You also have to take care of the nail matrix. The matrix is your nail factory. If this is damage, it will produce a deformed nail or even worse no nail at all.

                                   Flying Spagetti Monster

"Doubt everything.  Find your own light."
--
Last words of Gautama Buddha, in Theravada tradition

FastFingers ~*~
on 8/27/07 7:47 am

Yellow nails

Yellow nails

Yellow nails are seen in the 'yellow nail syndrome' in which there is thickening and yellow to yellow-green discoloration of all nails. Lymphedema, especially of the ankles, and compromised respiration may be present. The nails may also be over-curved both transversely and longitudinally. Lunulae and cuticles may also be lost.

                                   Flying Spagetti Monster

"Doubt everything.  Find your own light."
--
Last words of Gautama Buddha, in Theravada tradition

Amanda S.
on 8/27/07 7:50 am - shelley, ID
First of all EEEWWWW on the hands!!!! Mine don't look like that thankfully! 2ndly, thanks so much for your research! This info should definately go into the OH library of handy stuff people should know. Can we start a library like that?? It would be so helpful!

Amanda
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dlway2
on 7/31/09 7:53 pm
On August 27, 2007 at 7:17 AM Pacific Time, Amanda S. wrote:
The top half of all of my fingernails have turned orange. Kind of look like they did in the old days when I was eating cheetos and hadn't licked my fingers yet  I'm guessing this is some kind of nutritional deficiency? Those B vitamins I ordered on 8/10 STILL aren't here yet, so I hope it isn't related to that. Just wanted to get your thoughts, I'm going to call my NUT now. Thanks! UPDATE:  Called my NUT, she said she's not sure. It could be a zinc deficiency but it is rare that bypass patients get deficient in zinc. I guess they also don't like to prescribe it because it interfers with iron absorbtion.   So basically I still have no clue :)
I have a different version of the quote above.
You'll keep getting what you're getting if you keep doing what you're doing.
mclemmon
on 2/8/11 2:22 pm
I'm having the same problem.  I was also thinking it had something to do with the vitamins.  It's like a chalky subtance under my nail, very similar to what you described with the whole cheetos thing. I might call my nurse or the nutrionist, I was kinda hoping for an answer here.