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What causes inflammation around the nail?

Hello I m 24 years old and a male. I am in relatively good health besides my finger nails both have severe inflammation around the nail folds and the actual finger nails are bright white with a red band at top. My blood work shows normal organ functions and doctors dismiss terrys nails cause my liver is normal. I use to heavily abide drugs and alchocol for three years but have been sober for two. Doctors have suggested auto immune due to inflammation around nail fold but I am more worried why my nails are bright white?! Any ideas?
Fri, 23 Feb 2018
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hi there
your concern is termed as leukonychia
it may be due to several reasons like
1. anaemia
2. cirrohosis
3. congestive heart failure
4. adult onset diabetes
5. decreased vasculature
6. renal failure
7. chemotherapy
and so on
plan for a biopsy and ANA profile for identifying underlying pathology and correct plan of management
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