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Old 10-15-2008, 09:45 AM   #1
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Anemia and nail beds

Hello,

My cardiology book lists the things that should be visually checked by a physician when assessing the patient and before the actual exam. One of the signs of something amiss listed are pale colored nail beds. So, I checked mine. I don't seem to have any nail beds-nothing can be seen there. I am wondering if everyone who is deficient in iron has this, and does it correct itself once the iron stores have been restored?

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Im not sure what you mean by 'nothing is there'. My nails have been really pale almost white for a LOOOONG time. Plus, I have ridges going the long way and have had those for a few years. Also, when they grow the least bit long, they start to curl downward. especially the pinkie fingers.

THey are slowly getting some color to them...a light pink, plus the ridges are a lot less. They still start to curl then they get long, so I keep them really short.

I assumed this was heredity because my mom has ridges and very soft nails. I also assumed that I ruined my nails permanently by putting acrylics on for about six months around the time I got married six years ago.

It's all starting to make some sense now....

 
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Re: Anemia and nail beds

Steph,

sorry I did not make myself clear. My fingernails are very pale. The little white moons on the nails are too pale to see. I had a couple of people comment recently on how anemic I looked, which really shocked me. I have always been fair but I guess I must be paler now. I also have dark circles under my eyes. I am not sure what my fingernails are supposed to look like, so I thought I'd ask. Thank you for describing yours. I didn't know a persons' fingernails can indicate certain medical conditions or disorders, if one knows what to look for. Glad to hear you're getting some color back into them, and thanks for replying!

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Re: Anemia and nail beds

fg--In anemia the RBC's are (red), because of the amount of Hgb that they carry. When anemic, they don't carry enough Hgb. Common signs of lack of Hgb are; pale skin, nails, tongue and gums. I was very pale white in those areas. Are you anemic, I can't remember?

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Re: Anemia and nail beds

Flflowergirl,

I am borderline anemic (if you go by the lab numbers) and my ferritin was 6 a few months ago. Everything is as you said, my fingernails almost white, pale skin, bruise easily, etc.etc. The gums are light pink though, not white. I guess that's a good thing.
I've had one surgery and am waiting to be scheduled for the other. I am meeting a new surgeon tomorrow and will make sure to mention the low iron. By the way, I asked my doctor whether or not I should start iron supplements - and he said I could IF I wanted to. What's that supposed to mean??? Other than having an endoscopy, we have not really looked for the cause of my iron deficiency. I am sure though that the polyps, fibroids and a cyst have all helped deplete the iron stores. I haven't had the colonoscopy yet. Who knows when that's going to happen...next year??? I figure if I start the iron supplements now, and there is a (bleeding) problem in the lower part of the digestive tract, an improved lab iron values might mean we'll never look any further. Something serious could get missed and I need to get that checked out. My abdomen is still distended and I have other symptoms. If I start the iron, how long will it take to replenish the iron stores? I will be seeing my nephrologist next month and plan to bring this issue up with him. Thank you for replying.

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SInce you posted this i have been reading a lot about nails and different types of deficiencies. From what I have come accross, ridges is b12 and curling under is iron deficiency. My nails have improved so much since being on supplements of all sorts. I also saw some people have probs with nails from zinc deficiency as well.

Its funny, i didnt even notice how well mine looked since reading this.

 
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Re: Anemia and nail beds

Congratulations on having nice fingernails!

I promised myself to pay more attention to people's fingernails and compare them to mine. I also have the ridges you mention -mine are vertical and on every fingernail. I just noticed them the other day when taking a closer look. Our manicurists would be good sources of information about anything that relates to nails. I've started the Bcomplex vitamin but have put off taking the iron supplements for now. I think I'll buy the sublingual B12 for better absorption. I have to check with my pharmacist first. I'll ask my nephrologist for an advice regarding iron supplementation. Would you mind telling me which supplements you take for iron deficiency/anemia issues? It's good to hear that they have helped you so much already!

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I take 1000 sublingual b12 that I ordered online. I take 325 ferrous gluconate (iron) perscribed by my doc one time a day. But in the beginning I took it three times a day. I take a multi (just a centrum kids) b2 and folic acid as well as vitamin c with the iron for better absorbtion. I take a combo of calcium, magnesium and zinc.... Whichever deficiency (ies) that I had are clearly SO much better. I just wish I knew for sure which was causing all of my symptoms so if it happens again, i know what tests to ask for. But I am 95% better. I am sleeping again, the onlyt hing that is a bit left over is some low blood sugar feeling I get, but even that is getting better. I am also still tired, but I dont thinki its related to my anemias...could be cuz I sit on the computer at 12:12 am.

 
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SInce you posted this i have been reading a lot about nails and different types of deficiencies. From what I have come accross, ridges is b12 and curling under is iron deficiency. My nails have improved so much since being on supplements of all sorts. I also saw some people have probs with nails from zinc deficiency as well.

Its funny, i didnt even notice how well mine looked since reading this.
wow, Stephrabin, it is very interesting. and I have nail beds only on my thumbs. I don't understand what is the difference bt ridges and curling I take 1000 mcg of sublingual B12 and 100% Daily values of Iron ( my TIBC is low, I am afraid that I am not that iron deficiency. Just suspect what is the reason) Do you think it is sufficient?

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Re: Anemia and nail beds

Stephrabin,

thank you for your response. I wrote the supplements you've listed down and will look into it. I read that whether or not people get sick taking their iron supplements depends, for the most part, on the quantity of elemental iron in the supplement. So, it follows that those with a lower elemental iron content are easier to digest - even though it means that we have to take MORE pills to get the same amount of iron. The pills can be taken twice or three times a day. I am sure many people have learned this the hard way.

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