Hangnails / Agnails

What Causes Hangnails/Agnails?

Hangnails/agnails can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose hangnails/agnails, 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 "hangnails/agnails" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Protein Deficiency
  • Increased Folic Acid Need
  • Zinc Need
  • Vitamin C 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:
raw food diet
deformed toenails
history of polyps
copper supplementation
grooves across fingernails
absent sexual desire
high coffee consumption
low folic acid level
zinc test metallic/fuzzy/sweet
adult acne
macrocytic red cells
diuretic use
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of hangnails/agnails:
Cause Probability Status
Vitamin C Need 99% Confirm
Zinc Need 29% Unlikely
Protein Deficiency 4% Ruled out
Increased Folic Acid Need 2% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Fingernail/Toenail Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about hangnails / agnails:
Do you suffer from hangnails/agnails (torn skin around the fingernails or toenails)? If there is a physical cause such as biting, picking, cutting or regular exposure to water/soaps/chemicals then select that response.
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, from a known physical cause
→ Occasionally - A few times a year
→ Regularly - A few times a month
→ Frequently - I usually/always have them
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate occasional hangnails, regular hangnails or frequent hangnails, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Protein Deficiency

Because nails are found at the extremities, they are the last to receive oxygen and nutrients carried in the blood.  Therefore, they often show signs of deficiencies sooner than other tissues.

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