Common "Nail Clubbing" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq

Nail Clubbing

Nail clubbing is the structural and textural change in the finger and toenails. The nails turn to a spoon shape, and it becomes soft sponge-like and turns red. This is an indication of a lung disorder, heart disorder, or digestive condition. Idiopathic clubbing may also occur. Treatment of the underlying condition is the treatment modality for clubbing.

Recently Answered Questions Recently Answered Questions

All the answers published in this website are written by verified medical doctors, therapists and health experts. The Content has been moderated by iCliniq medical review team before publication. Post your medical clarifications on iCliniq by choosing the right specialty and get them answered. Your medical queries will be answered 24/7 by top doctors from iCliniq.

Why is there clubbing in a chronic smoker?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27 year old female with a weight of 130 lbs. Have a history of smoking slightly less than one pack a day for 10 years. Quit a month ago. I am concerned about finger clubbing. I have noticed a new curvature in my nail over the last few months that was not present before. It is mo...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is mild clubbing and it is normal in young females. It is due to estrogen hormone in females. Please keep yourself miles apart from tobacco and alcohol. To be on the safe side, have a chest X-ray done and send me here to look for any pulmonary cause, as you have 10...  Read Full »

Why do I have nail clubbing?

Query: Hello doctor, Does this look like an early nail clubbing? I came across something on the internet and started looking at my nails. I did a Schamroth test and I have a very small window. I am a bit concerned.  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjib Kumar Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Nail clubbing is present if oxygen saturation is low or if there is an increase in reduced hemoglobin for a long time. All clinical tests like Schamroth have its own drawback. So do not rely on Schamroth. Clubbing can occur without any disease. You need to get one art...  Read Full »

Can smoking cause clubbed nails?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23 year old male, who weighs 195 lbs and I am 5.10 feet tall. All of my fingers are clubbed. My nails have become wide and thick giving them an abnormal round appearance. The skin above my cuticles is slightly raised and red. My nails do not extend straight out, but they curve d...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity) of your nails and fingers, and it is in fact clubbing. The cause is smoking-induced lung damage and bronchiectasis. Regarding the reversibility, we cannot be sure at this moment, as it wi...  Read Full »

ask-doctor-img Ask a Doctor Online

* Your first query consult is free!

Search for a Health Issue

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.