Discoloration/Redness appears related to infection
Discoloration or Reddish areas under fingernails tend to appear when there is an infection somewhere in the body. Any infection within the body, it appears, is reflected in fingernails. Pictures on this page show reddish areas under fingernails.
Note: Changes in nails are gradual, as the pictures below indicate. If you keep an eye on your fingernails it can help you keep healthy.
January 31, 2007 – I was supposed to have had surgery today to remove part of the bone where infection is around my old dental implants, but (it’s so stressful that writing about it is making the abscess feeling worse) there was a hearing scheduled in another case for Monday. I didn’t think the judge would give me a continuance, so I postponed surgery. But then I got so worried that I “excused” him. Now the case was given to Judge Hall who was the first judge to refuse to accommodate my disability; plus, he wouldn’t let me produce evidence at a Rule 56 hearing, which is exactly wrong. When I saw his name as the new judge I felt sick, the infection got much worse and I had the intense pain in my thoracic diaphragm that I’ve had only after having tetanus. Things are never simple. (I keep reminding myself that even air is not simple, it isn’t just oxygen, it’s a mixture, like water is H2O.)
The good thing is that from taking these pictures I became aware of an infection affecting nails, and I’ve been taking extra vitamin C (a little over 20 grams a day) and it’s got the infection almost back under control. Though my thumb doesn’t look as good as it could, in terms of the reddish line.
February 1, 2007 - I reduced the amount of vitamin C I was taking because I got quite puffy under my eyes. I don’t know if it was from the C or one of the other vitamins. I reduced all of the vitamins I was taking by about half (except for the B12) and I reduced the vitamin C by about 90%. I’ve only been taking about 4 to 6 grams a day. And, I’ve been feeling the beginning of a toothache most days. (But stress has increased due to legal things. Jill Tiedemann’s lawyer tried to set a hearing date before I had a chance to answer his motion. The foreclosure lawyer used to do that, and it was devastatingly stressful. So even now while I’m writing this my tooth is beginning to throb from the stress.) I’m beginning a new page on stress in relation to Michael Marmot’s newish book, The Status Syndrome, about status and its impact on life expectancy.
April 18, 2007 - They turned off my power on April 4, 2007, so I don’t have heat or lights. It’s getting to be warmer weather now,and I’m going to get solar because that will be less stressful and therefore more healthy. (I asked them for two days so I could transfer money, but no. I didn’t even have phone when they turned off the electric. And the guy laughed. So by the time Easter was over, I was pretty determined not to go back to PNM given that they shut me off just to be mean. They would have had their money on the 6th, if what they wanted was their money. I’m not going to encourage them to treat people like this by paying them any more.)
When I had tetanus I had red lines under my nails, but they were fine lines that looked as if they could have been drawn by a pen with the finest point possible. My camera wasn’t good enough to capture them, partially because it didn’t have a Macro lens and my arms weren’t long enough to get the camera far enough away to focus. I wish I could show you those lines.I’m going to have to drink a lot more water and take more vitamin C. It’sbeen hard to remember to do that with the solar going in and people hereall the time. I have been feeling not that well. I was really sick one day and didn’t want them to know. It will be good when the solar is finished so Ican concentrate on the things I’m supposed to do every day in order to stay well if not get better. This way I forget. When I had electric I used my computer to remind me.
But… not to panic. (Did you ever read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? See, that reminds me, Douglas Adams died really young ~~ I bet he had major ridges on his nails. I bet that if he’d known about B12 he could have lived to write more novels. What I want to say, is that the girl he dedicated Hitchhiker’s Guide to used to sell my silver bangles for me at Camden Passage in Islington. She showed them for me, is more accurate, since I don’t think one ever sold. She was really nice. I don’t remember how I met her, except that Douglas Adams lived quite near my son and me. Hitchhiker’s Guide was popular with a young crowd in England after it was read on the wireless… yes, that’s what they called the radio.) In any case, “Do not panic,” was the central advice is the very entertaining novel.
the mirror I saw that my gum has a bit of ragged metal sticking out from the implant. The implants were expensive and from a recommended dental surgeon here in Santa Fe, so it was very distressing to see that what I had paid for was so crude. My distress made the infection worse in subsequent days. But then I began to remind myself that people can have a bullet stuck in them and live happily, or metal from an accident. Once I was not feeling so extremely distressed the bumps went away. Whew!!! But, the red line did not resolve. My problem is that there are so many things, especially court related things, pushing down on me that I forget to make coffee or tea enough times in a day to make a difference (taking vitamin C with the liquid).
February 14, 2010 - I’ve already taken vitamin C today, so the line has been affected, else I would take a picture to illustrate how it’s changing: overall it’s getting worse and is now going down into my moon, much the way it did on April 18, 2007. Because it did this once before and then “healed” I’m hoping that if I can just get my distress over court things under control, that my body will be able to effectively combat the infection with the help of vitamin C. (During the last two status conferences in my bankruptcy adversary proceedings the defendants sounded jubilant, so I felt they must have heard there would be no judgment against them. That made me feel uneasy and distressed, since the tenants had broken their lease and caused my hot water heater to burn out, with the result I no longer had an income… long story, and so SO distressing.) I received a copy of the Order and Memorandum on Saturday, and yes, they got off. But today I’m thinking that it could be because I failed to properly bring them before the bankruptcy court — that would be understandable and not something that makes me feel as if the court is against me the way I felt it was in the foreclosure of my condo that was done without due process and then the judge was reported to have said there was “no way” I would get it back. He said that in a telephone conversation to reassure the broker of the real estate agent who bought my condo and he said it before there was a hearing. What he said trumped due process.)
On my real nail there’s a blotch at the top that’s darker red. I took nearly two dozen photos in an attempt to show that, but none made it as clear as it is on my actual thumb. When I had tetanus there was a reddish blotch there also. It was about the size of a lentil and very dark, but the camera I had then didn’t take macro shots, and I couldn’t get my finger far enough from the camera to get a clear image using the regular lens.
I really want to show this because the line of coloration is related to an infection in my body: the line goes away when I consistently take vitamin C (in quantities meant to kill an infection) and it comes back when stress is high. I have the word of my dentist that I have a dental infection in my jaw around the old type of implants that I have. The periodontist my dentist sent me to said that the bumps I periodically get on my neck are from the infection. In fact a question about bumps on ones neck was on his intake papers. As soon as I get my social security tomorrow I’m going to arrange a ride to Wal*Mart so I can get some crackers and some pre-packaged cheddar so that I have something to eat with vitamin c so that I can take it every quarter hour for 8 hours. That will be 32 grams. I think that if I can just get the infection under control that my body will be able to keep it under control as long as I don’t get too stressed. I know that in the past I’ve been able to completely get rid of the line, so I hope I can do that again.I’m going to duplicate this on my vitamin C page with an explanation of why vitamin C can do what it does.
in showing this is that the line beneath myfingernail corresponds to a ridge in my fingernail, so the raised-nessof it makes it look as if the reddness beneath goes further than in the sunlight it appears to actually go. I bought some inexpensive Kiwi-Strawberry punch from Wal*Mart to use between cups of coffee, so that I could take the vitamin C more regularly. I’m trying to take 250 mg every half hour to 15 minutes, but often forget for an hour or more. Still, the punch makes it easy to take vitamin C. And, I eat peanuts so it’s not on an empty stomach.
BAD IDEA ~~ I gained over 10 pounds while I was drinking the punch instead of making coffee or tea.
NOTE: My primary focus is on how our fingernails reflect our vitamin B12 health. The reason for this narrow focus is that low vitamin B12 severely impacted my life. While watching my fingernails I discovered that they reflect infections, as well. There are several things related to health that fingernails can tell you, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on them. Mainly you want to see them remain smooth and retain their natural moons. When I was living in the hydrogen sulfide from the privy pit, I had horizontal valleys in my nails, especially the thumb. These were quite large dips in the nails. One very serious thing is if your nails begin to curve over the top ofyour finger… I learned that was a sign of heart disease, some say lung disease. This is what it looks like:
Pictures of Fingernails showing other health signs