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What causes nails to be all white?

By Anonymous September 28, 2011 - 1:35pm
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I have a student, a 1st grader, in my room and his nails are completely white. It does not look normal to me. I don't want to say anything to the parent without knowing more information as to why his nails could be white in color.

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Without seeing your student and going on what you have said, I am making a guess that white nail syndrome also known as leukonychia may be the cause. Leukonychia can occur with arsenic poisoning, heart disease, renal failure, pneumonia, or hypoalbuminemia. I am including the link to the University of Maryland Medical Center's website that has a photo of an example of white nail syndrome. Does this photo resemble your student's fingernails?

September 28, 2011 - 2:55pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you for responding so quickly. Yes, that is what his nails look like. Thank you, thank you.

September 28, 2011 - 3:19pm
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