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Your Fingernail Changes May Also be Known as:
Curved fingernails
Fingernail issues
Spooned fingernails

Top 5 Fingernail Changes Causes

  1. 1.Side - Effect(s) of Chemotherapy

    Unfortunately, chemotherapy has many side-effects, ranging from hair loss to fatigue to nausea. This occurs because the treatment affects not only diseased cells but also healthy cells.

    You should discuss your symptoms with your oncologist or oncology nurse.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, fever, dizziness
    Symptoms that never occur with side-effect(s) of chemotherapy:
    headache resulting from a head injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Hypoparathyroidism

    Hypoparathyroidism is disorder in which the parathyroid glands in the neck do not produce enough parathyroid hormone (PTH). The majority of cases are following surgery.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER since any symptoms caused by a low calcium can be very serious. Treatment depends on how low (if low at all) your calcium levels are.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    patchy hair loss, skin thickening, fingernail changes, patchy body hair loss
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  3. 3.Infective Endocarditis

    The endocardium is the tissue that lines the inside of the heart chambers and the valves of the heart. This lining can become infected with bacteria. If so, small clumps of infectious material can prevent the valves from opening and closing properly, and when the clumps break off they may travel to other parts of the body, potentially causing serious problems.

    Proceed to the ER immediately. If an infection of the heart is suspected, you will be admitted to the hospital where several blood samples will be taken to test for bacteria and fungi. Antibiotics or anti-fungal medications will be used right away to treat the infection. In rare cases, a valve replacement surgery is needed to change out the infected valve.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), loss of appetite, being severely ill, headache
    Symptoms that always occur with infective endocarditis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that has no odor or color. But it is very dangerous. It can cause sudden illness and death. CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those made by cars and trucks, lanterns, stoves, gas ranges and heating systems. CO from these fumes can build up in places that don't have a good flow of fresh air. One can be poisoned by breathing them in.

    Call 911 immediately. Carbon monoxide poisoning is diagnosed using a blood test but treatment can begin with high clinical suspicion. Treatment involves high-flow oxygen therapy and close monitoring.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, headache, shortness of breath, vomiting
    Symptoms that never occur with acute carbon monoxide poisoning:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  5. 5.Job Syndrome

    Job syndrome is a genetic (inherited) disease of the immune system. People with this condition tend to have frequent bacterial infections of the lungs (pneumonia). Recurrent skin infections and an inflammatory skin disorder (eczema) are also common in this syndrome. This disease can also affect other parts of the body, including the bones, teeth, and the spine.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss treatment. There is no cure for this disease, and management usually consists of controlling infections (with antibiotics) when they occur.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    groin skin changes, constant skin changes, neck skin changes, itchy rash, crusty rash
    Symptoms that always occur with job syndrome:
    cheek skin changes, crusty rash, itchy rash, scalp skin changes, pus-filled rash, constant skin changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Fingernail Changes

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?

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Fingernail Changes Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced fingernail changes have also experienced:

    • 7% Fatigue
    • 4% Hair Loss
    • 3% Nausea
  • People who have experienced fingernail changes were most often matched with:

    • 14% Hypoparathyroidism
    • 1% Infective Endocarditis

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