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Facade's avatar

What does it mean when your nails are deep purple?

Asked by Facade (22847 points ) April 16th, 2009

I know it has something to do with circulation. Is it anything to worry about?

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Jeruba's avatar

I would be worried. I would call my doctor for sure, and not wait around, either.

[I am not a medical professional. This is a layperson’s opinion.]

charliecompany34's avatar

you are a vampire.

chyna's avatar

My mom is on oxygen and her lung doctor always looks at her nailbeds. I assume it is to see if she is getting enough oxygen as they would be a blue or purple if not. (He also uses a machine to test her too.)

charliecompany34's avatar

but seriously, go see a doctor.

goose756's avatar

you slammed your hand in the door? but I agree with @charliecompany34 you might want to get on that.

Facade's avatar

I am so tired of going to the doctor. Also, they only get this way when my hands are chilly

goose756's avatar

well I mean… are you in a freezer? that might do it. otherwise – the doctor it is.

Jeruba's avatar

It sounds like this is a recurring experience with a pattern to it and perhaps prior medical advice. In that case there is not much we can do to help you.

Facade's avatar

@goose756 Lol, no I’m not.

I haven’t been to the doctor for this particular thing, just numerous others.

aviona's avatar

It sounds like they’re bruised…but all of them?

Facade's avatar

@aviona I doubt they’re bruised. I think my hands and feet are just cold. They’re getting less purple…

gailcalled's avatar

Check out Raynaud’s Syndrome. It’s fairly common; if your hands get cold and the circulation is slowed down, whip your arms around like windmills and flap your hands fast.

And here are the pictures of Raynaud’s purple nails.

Facade's avatar

Aw man. No, it’s not that extreme. Thanks for your help though.

gailcalled's avatar

@Facade: That is a relief.

jessicar's avatar

My nails turn purple when I’m cold.

gailcalled's avatar

@jessocar: Check the link ^^ to images.

SeventhSense's avatar

Poor circulation or you’ve been getting busy with this guy.
Don’t scratch his back so hard.

Facade's avatar

Barney was great…was

Knotmyday's avatar

You may have eaten blueberries in the walk-in.

But seriously, speaking of appendages- If athletes get athlete’s foot, what do astronauts get?

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“Missile-toe!”

That’s for free, you all earned it

gailcalled's avatar

@Knotmyday: That’s it? I thought you said that the check was in the mail?

Knotmyday's avatar

“In the mall,” I said. Somewhere between Abercrombie and Spencer’s Gifts.

Darwin's avatar

@Facade – When you get cold the blood vessels in your extremities constrict to help preserve core body heat. As such you aren’t getting enough oxygenated blood to your fingers, so your finger nails look purple.

You could have a mild version of Reynaud’s Syndrome as my daughter does – you might consider taking extra steps to keep your hands from getting cold (gloves, pockets, sticking them in your armpits) and see if that makes a difference. As you get older it might get more extreme and result in actual pain in your hands. If so, talk to a doctor.

Facade's avatar

@Darwin I already get pain in my hands. They get stiff and hard to move. Maybe being more mobile throughout the day would help. hmm…

Darwin's avatar

You really do need to make sure your doctor knows what is going on with your hands. It could be Raynaud’s Syndrome, but it could also be a sign that you have Lupus or scleroderma. You should check it out just in case.

Facade's avatar

I’ll put it on my to-do list of complaints. Thanks ma’am.

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