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Fingernail symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Fingernail symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed problems with your fingernails?
  2. How many fingernails are affected?
  3. Are the toe nails affected also?
  4. Risk factors for fungal nail infection?

    Why: e.g. wearing of occlusive footwear, overcrowding of toes, communal bathing areas, poor peripheral blood circulation.

  5. Risk factors for iron deficiency anemia?

    Why: e.g. heavy periods, pregnancy, vegetarianism, peptic ulcer, gastrointestinal bleeding, celiac disease and frequent blood donations.

  6. Risk factors for ingrown nails?

    Why: e.g. injury or deformity to nail bed, faulty nail trimming, constricting shoes and poor hygiene.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. clubbing of the nails may be due to cyanotic congenital heart disease, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, Celiac disease, lung cancer, lung abscess, asbestosis, liver cirrhosis and thyrotoxicosis; HIV infection may increase the risk of fungal nail infections; psoriasis; Yellow nail syndrome may be associated with bronchiectasis, pleural effusion, Hodgkin's lymphoma, uterine cancer, malignant melanoma or lymphoma.

  8. Medications?

    Why: e.g. blue nails may be caused by antimalarial medications, minocycline.

  9. If blue nails and blue tongue, is there a history of drug ingestion?

    Why: e.g. potassium chlorate, sulfanilamide and coal tar may cause hemoglobin abnormalities and thus central cyanosis.

  10. Possible poisoning?

    Why: e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning may cause cherry-red nails; arsenic poisoning may cause a single transverse white band across the nail.

  11. Occupational or other exposure to asbestos?

    Why: may indicate asbestosis or pleural mesothelioma as cause of clubbing.

  12. Family history?

    Why: e.g. cystic fibrosis, cyanotic congenital heart disease, thyroid disorders, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis; psoriasis; Wilson's disease; hemochromatosis.

  13. Cigarette smoking

    Why: now and in the past? - increases the risk of lung cancer and increases the severity of asbestosis which may both cause finger clubbing.

  14. Intravenous drug abuse?

    Why: increases risk of subacute endocarditis which can cause finger clubbing; HIV increases the risk of fungal nail infections.

  15. Blue nails?

    Why: may suggest cyanosis, Wilson's disease, ochronosis, hemochromatosis or ingestion of certain medications.

  16. Red nails?

    Why: may suggest polycythaemia and carbon monoxide poisoning.

  17. Yellow nails?

    Why: suggests Yellow nail syndrome.

  18. White nails?

    Why: may suggest hypoalbuminaemia (reduced albumin in blood) which may be due to chronic liver disease, severe malnutrition, nephrotic syndrome, protein losing gut disease.

  19. Blueness of the tongue or lips?

    Why: If associated with finger clubbing determines presence of cyanosis and thus may suggest cyanotic congenital heart disease and pulmonary arteriovenous aneurysms. If associated with blue nails, may indicate hemoglobin abnormalities or cyanosis e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

  20. Cough or shortness of breath?

    Why: if associated with finger clubbing may suggest a lung condition such as bronchiectasis, chronic interstitial fibrosis, asbestosis, emphysema, lung cancer, lung abscess, cystic fibrosis or tuberculosis.

  21. Fever?

    Why: if associated with finger clubbing may suggest empyema (pus in the cavity enclosing the lungs), lung abscess, tuberculosis, subacute bacterial endocarditis.

  22. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism?

    Why: may cause finger clubbing and lifting of the nail bed e.g. intolerance to heat, tremor, agitation, weight loss, increased appetite.

  23. Symptoms of fungal nail infection?

    Why: e.g. nail becomes thickened, cracked, crumbly and raised by underlying debris in the nail bed.

  24. Symptoms of Candida nail infection?

    Why: e.g. similar to fungal nail infection except nail folds are swollen, red, painful and tender.

  25. Symptoms of nails affected by psoriasis?

    Why: e.g. nail pitting, nail thickening, lifting of the nail from nail bed, yellow-brown spots under the nail plate, may be associated with psoriasis skin rash and painful joints.

  26. Symptoms of methemoglobinemia?

    Why: e.g. blue tongue and lips, blue nails.

  27. Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia?

    Why: e.g. spoon-shaped nails, brittle nails, pallor of skin and conjunctiva, tiredness.

  28. Symptoms of Yellow nail syndrome?

    Why: e.g. diffuse yellow to green color of the fingernails and toenails, nail thickening, slowed growth, excessive curvature from side to side, swelling of the fingertips and ankles. May be associated with bronchiectasis, pleural effusion, Hodgkin's lymphoma, uterine cancer, malignant melanoma or lymphoma.

  29. Symptoms of nail and finger clubbing?

    Why: e.g. a loss of the angle between the nail bed and the finger. A subtle sign may be an increased in sponginess of the proximal nail bed. May be associated with cyanotic congenital heart disease, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, Celiac disease, lung cancer, lung abscess, asbestosis, liver cirrhosis and thyrotoxicosis.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Fingernail symptoms:

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