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Yellow Nail Syndrome

Yellow-nail syndrome is a rare disorder of lymphatic drainage which may be associated with pleural effusions, lung disorder, bronchiectasis and lymphoedema of the legs. Yellow Nail Syndrome (YNS) is a rare condition characterized by yellow nails with lack of cuticle, grows slowly, and is loose or detached associated with onycholysis in one or more nails.

Yellow nail syndrome most often starts in middle age, although a similar condition has been described in younger children. The best defense against yellow nail syndrome starts with good foot hygiene and well fitting shoes like sandals or flip-flops. Review your shoes and get others if necessary; there must be about the width of a thumb of space from the end of the shoe to the tip of the longest toe to prevent toes from damage upon impact. The underlying cause of the syndrome is unknown, but congenital, hereditary and paraeoplastic causes have been though.

Symptoms of Yellow Nail Syndrome

  • Nail become pale yellow or slightly green.
  • This disorder include swelling of the lymph system in various parts of the body but especially in hands and feet.
  • Thickened and curved nails.
  • Slow growing of nail on both fingers and toes with inadequate cuticles.

If you suffer Yellow Nail Syndrome take in mind the following suggestions:

- Use of nail polish to hide the problem

- Apply liquid and cream treatments topically

- Wear clean socks and rotate shoes frequently

- Take oral medications or natural remedies to avoid the side effects.

Treatment of Yellow Nail Syndrome

The treatment is usually poorly effective and health care practitioners recommend cough suppressants, sleeping pills, avoid cigarettes smoke and other respiratory irritants. Treatment include physical therapy like postural drainage, clapping or vibration, as well as the prescription of drug therapy including oral antibiotics to control infection in the airway, vitamin A and E, Zn sulfate, itraconazole and nutritional supplementation adjunct to the medical treatment.


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