Nail Clubbing

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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

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 will depend ...  Read Full »

Why is there clubbing in a chronic smoker?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 27 years old, female. 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 mostly in my inde...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 y...  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 K Sahu

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 on...  Read Full »

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