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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Doctor :   hi
User :   can you tell my why my fingernails aren't white? they're clear with patches of white.
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   can you tell my why my fingernails aren't white? they're clear with patches of white.
Doctor :   it varies from person to person
User :   can i change it?
User :   is there a condition associated with it?
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide these details of the person-Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Weight and Height.
User :   24:f:unemployed:usa:married:106 4'10
Doctor :   Nail discoloration, in which the nails appear white, yellow, or greenish, can result from different infections and conditions of the skin
Doctor :   In about 50% of cases, discolored nails are a result of infections with common fungi that can be found in the air, dust, and soil. There are many species of fungi that can affect nails. By far the most common, however, is called Trichophyton rubrum. This type of fungus has a tendency to infect the skin and is therefore known as a dermatophyte
Doctor :   Nails may also appear lightened to a whitish-yellow color if there has been separation of the nail from the nail bed, termed onycholysi
User :   my nailbed is fine, it's the white nail part that grows
Doctor :   usually it will pink
User :   what is the white part of the nail called
Doctor :   white when there is lack of hb
Doctor :   thats the nail bed
Doctor :   part of nail which is connected to the skin
User :   my nailbed is splotchy, not the pink part of the nail
Doctor :   it wil be white
User :   how and when
Doctor :   white part of nail which is attached to nail bed is called free edge

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