Nail disorder in the lunula – Blue nail moons: a.k.a. ‘Azur lunulae’!
October 15, 2009
How to recognize ‘blue lunulae’?
A blue (purple) lunula is characterized by a bluish color of the nail moon (notice: the nail moon usually has a ‘whitish’ color).
Common causes for a blue nail moon:
In general blue nail moons are an indiation for circulatory problems (cold weather may be a part of the cause), or a lack of oxygen (smoking and/or obesity might play a role in this!).
More rare causes blue lunulae can be:
• A drug’s side-effect;
• Wilson’s disease (genetic disorder in which copper accumulates in tissues);
• Argyria (a condition caused by improper exposure to chemical forms of silver);
If the condition persists, it would be wise to consult the opinion of a doctor – for, even though this is a clinical sign of a simple condition, the cause can actuallly be more severe as well.
MORE DETAILS: THE COLOR & SHAPE OF THE LUNUA:
PHOTO – Where to find the lunula, a.k.a. the’nail moon’:
• The FINGERNAIL TUTOR: an online nail disorder identification tool!
• 20 Common nail disorders!
• More reports about nail disorders!
• More hand & fingernail facts!