What Causes Pale Fingernails?
Pale fingernails can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose pale fingernails, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "pale fingernails" as a symptom. Here are seven possibilities:
- Need For Dietary Improvement
- Cirrhosis Of The Liver
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Liver Cancer
- Iron Need
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high low-calorie soda consumption
dark urine color
significant bitter taste in mouth
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
deep-fried food consumption
edema of the ankles/lower legs
moderate abdominal pain
... and more than 70 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of pale fingernails:
|Cirrhosis Of The Liver
|Congestive Heart Failure
|Need For Dietary Improvement
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Are your fingernails more pale than they should be? Normal nail beds are a strong pink color. You could try comparing your nails those of other people.
→ No, my nail beds are a healthy pink / don't know
→ Yes, my nail beds are a little pale / light pink
→ Yes, my nail beds are very pale / almost white
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either pale fingernails or very pale fingernails, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
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