Clubbing of the fingers or toes refers to certain physical changes to your fingernails or toenails that result from an underlying medical condition.Nail clubbing could also be a warning sign of a serious condition.
This article will explain the causes, treatment, and prevention of nail clubbing and its relevance to Cystic Fibrosis
Several nail clubbing causes, including infectious, inflammatory, and vascular diseases. Nail widening characterising clubbing happens when the tissue under your nail plate becomes thicker. Nail clubbing often results in lung issues, such as:
These are the common signs of clubbing.
To treat clubbing, your doctor will need to address the underlying cause of your symptoms. Depending on the diagnosis, the treatment may involve management specialists, and your doctor may recommend alung transplant to treat serious lung disease in rare cases.
The only way to prevent nail clubbing is by taking steps to prevent and manage the underlying issues that cause it, such as:
Cystic Fibrosis is a disorder that damages the lungs, digestive tract and other organs. It affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat, and digestive juices. It is an inherited disease caused by a defective gene that can pass from generation to generation.
The poor function of the lungs causes clubbing in people with Cystic Fibrosis. When the lungs are not working properly, the body might experience trouble with oxygen. The areas farthest from the trunk, fingernails, and toenails may get deprived of oxygen resulting in changes in the nails and bed nails. Clubbed nails leftuntreatedmay result indiscomfort and causecomplications.
Having realised how much nail clubbing and cystic fibrosis affect the wellbeing and confidence of those within our community, The Nail Bar has partnered with Emmah Money, your local CF advocate, to raise$1 from every appointment to the South Australian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Please continue to support our CF campaign, and start making a difference to the lives of CF patients simply by attending an appointment at any of Nail Bar salons in June.
To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis, visit the South Australian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or check their website:cfsa.org.au