Fingernail Problems

Though you might not know it, your fingernails reveal a lot about your health, and different fingernail problems are often signs of various illnesses and health complications. They also reveal deficiencies in nutrition and vitamin intake.

Some common nail symptoms and causes are:

  • Soft nails Anemia or iron deficiency
  • White spots Zinc deficiency
  • Brittle nails Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Discolored nails Blood sugar problems
  • Separation from nail bed Fungal infection or thyroid problem

At Urgent Care LA, our doctors will evaluate your nails and determine if you lack a certain vitamin, or if a more serious health problem is present. They may ask about your lifestyle and medical history, and may conduct a physical examination or blood test. Nail problems are often the first indication of thyroid problems, so your doctor may conduct thyroid tests as well.

This is not a substitute for a professional, on-site medical diagnosis. Visit your doctor or other healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis of your condition.