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#1 Lfrost

 
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:36 AM

Hey everybody, I was came across some very interesting information last night as I was googling about nails. I didn't realize that they can tell a lot about your health. I actually came across it by accident. I have a weird toenail on my baby toes. My dad had it, I have it, and my son has it. Turns out it is called congenital onychogryphosis. It only affects our little toenail. I have always just called it our bird toes. ;).

Anyways, my son's other toenails have always grown funny. If they grow long enough, they curl around the top of his toes. I just thought that is how they grow. I have never brought it up to a doctor. It turns out that it is called toenail clubbing. His toes have not gotten bigger at the nail like some of the pictures, but it was interesting to note that the cause of clubbing is because of the reduction of oxygen in the blood (such as in heart disease or lung disease). Other possible causes listed include IBS and Celiac disease, (among others). I was just amazed.

It just gives me more reason to know that something was wrong with my son internally. My doctor never seemed concerned with all of his constipation, etc. until my son started vomiting every morning for a month with no fever or anything else (besides constipation and occasional diarrhea). And even then, originally our Dr. tried to say THAT was a virus, except it didn't go away after his 2 week diagnosis. Go figure.

So, check your kids' nails! Does anyone else have kids whose nails club?
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:03 PM

Does this also mean the same thing on finger nails or just toes?

My finger nails used to do this before going gluten free. I used to think it was because of lack of vitamins. Now that I'm gluten-free my nails do not do this any more and are much stronger.
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:14 PM

Does this also mean the same thing on finger nails or just toes?

My finger nails used to do this before going gluten free. I used to think it was because of lack of vitamins. Now that I'm gluten-free my nails do not do this any more and are much stronger.

It was both for fingers and toes. For my son, it is just his toes though. It was really interesting, it says it can come on rapidly and that it can go away just as rapidly (especially with the change in diet) ;)
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:00 PM

Very interesting...always learning new things about myself pre-gluten that were signs I didn't even know about!
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:25 PM

Hey everybody, I was came across some very interesting information last night as I was googling about nails. I didn't realize that they can tell a lot about your health. I actually came across it by accident. I have a weird toenail on my baby toes. My dad had it, I have it, and my son has it. Turns out it is called congenital onychogryphosis. It only affects our little toenail. I have always just called it our bird toes. ;).

Anyways, my son's other toenails have always grown funny. If they grow long enough, they curl around the top of his toes. I just thought that is how they grow. I have never brought it up to a doctor. It turns out that it is called toenail clubbing. His toes have not gotten bigger at the nail like some of the pictures, but it was interesting to note that the cause of clubbing is because of the reduction of oxygen in the blood (such as in heart disease or lung disease). Other possible causes listed include IBS and Celiac disease, (among others). I was just amazed.

It just gives me more reason to know that something was wrong with my son internally. My doctor never seemed concerned with all of his constipation, etc. until my son started vomiting every morning for a month with no fever or anything else (besides constipation and occasional diarrhea). And even then, originally our Dr. tried to say THAT was a virus, except it didn't go away after his 2 week diagnosis. Go figure.

So, check your kids' nails! Does anyone else have kids whose nails club?


I have that! And so do both of my kids. All of us have celiac disease. Weird!
P.S. I always called them my "witchy" nails because they curl around in such an odd, scary way.
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 07:56 PM

Crazy!!! Yes, both my girls, both dx Celiac in April. I'm adding this to my list!!! Can you share the link to the article?
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 11:35 PM

Crazy!!! Yes, both my girls, both dx Celiac in April. I'm adding this to my list!!! Can you share the link to the article?

Honestly, I can't remember exactly which link I was on when I first read it, but if you google nail clubbing, lots of sites will come up.

Here is one:
http://health.nytime...s/overview.html

This one here doesn't directly state Celiac as being one of the causes of clubbing, but I like how it lists the different stages of clubbing:
http://medcaretips.c...-and-its-causes

Oh, here is the site where I first found it:
http://www.mayoclini...WO00055&slide=3

Here's another one:
http://printer-frien...82&c_custid=758

This one mentions how clubbing can go away when the causes for the clubbing are treated:
http://www.nlm.nih.g...icle/003282.htm
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 05:54 PM

Thanks!
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