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Health Tips for February 23

Posted Feb 23 2011 12:00am
Health Tip: Lichen Planus Triggers Skin Rash

Lichen planus is a disease that results in a rash on the skin or inside the mouth. While its exact cause isn't known, it's believed triggered by an allergic or immune system reaction.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says common symptoms of lichen planus include
  • Lesions on the tongue, cheek or gums.
  • Bluish white bumps in the mouth.
  • Mouth sores that may progress to painful ulcers.
  • Lesions on the skin that can itch, look scaly or shiny, and may form an ulcer or blister.
  • Dryness of the mouth.
  • Loss of hair.
  • Ridges that form in the nails.
  • A metallic taste in the mouth.

Health Tip: Don't Ignore Fingernail Abnormalities

An abnormality in all or some of your fingernails can signal a potentially serious medical condition.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these examples
  • Sunken areas on the fingernail can signal malnourishment.
  • An abnormal shape to the fingernail, with ridges and an inward curve, can signal iron deficiency anemia.
  • White flecks in the nail can indicate leukonychia, which could be caused by factors including zinc deficiency or heavy metal poisoning.
  • An abnormal color or tenderness could indicate an infection, often caused by fungus or yeast.
  • Streaks of blood in the nail can signal an infection, notably effecting heart valves.
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