Purple Finger Nails?

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good afternoon. my mother has had pale purplish fingernails for the last 2-3 years. have been checked by a doctor and given vitamins b12, b6. but no change at all. what disease is this? how to handle it? thanks

1 Answer:

Hi Ivana,


Thanks for the question. Fingers that look purplish are known as peripheral cyanosis in medical parlance. This condition is caused by a lack of oxygen in the blood vessels. Not infrequently this condition is caused by cold air temperatures that cause blood vessels to shrink so that blood flow is reduced and causes a temporary purplish color on the fingers. Finger color will return to normal when the air temperature warms up again. The following health conditions can cause peripheral cyanosis:

deep vein thrombosis
valve disorders in the veins (venous insufficiency)
Raynaud's phenomenon
heart failure
chronic lung disease
impaired blood flow in arteries
blood pressure that is too low
lack of fluids in the body

To find out the cause of your mother's complaint, please advise your mother to see a specialist in internal medicine. The doctor will ask some additional questions related to this complaint and your mother's medical history and then examine your mother. If necessary, the doctor will carry out further examinations such as blood tests, heart records (electrocardiography / EKG), X-rays, ultrasound of blood vessels, and others. From the results of this examination, the doctor will determine the next treatment.


Do not delay consulting a doctor, especially if the complaint is accompanied by chest pain, shortness of breath, fever, headache, excessive sweating, hand pain, dizziness, or fainting. In the meantime, keep both hands warm. Avoid exposure to cold air.


Hope this information is useful.


Dr. Aloisia

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