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Chronic purple fingernails

Hi, I'm trying to find out the cause of this. One and a half month ago, I overexercised (went running a lot more than I was used to) and when I finished, my fingernails were purple/blue. Since then, they have remained purple. A week after that I started developing many other symptoms which I'm quite sure have to do something with that.
I went through several tests including EKG, echocardiogram, xray, spirometry, CT scan and blood work. All came back normal.
My fingernails had never changed their colour before that incident. What can have gotten wrong after overexercising? I have been told that it might be raynaud's, but as for my understanding, the colour of my fingernails should be normal except when I'm having a raynaud attack. My fingernails are just purple all the time, chronically.
What other tests can I take to find out the cause? What specialists can I see? There must be something you can tell me. Please, any answer will be highly appreciated. Thanks.
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Hi character28.

Look into tissue hypoxia  Often associated with sports and exercise.
The tests you had done were necessary to rule out
serious deficiencies and damage but not for DX purposes,
as the localized nature of your condition, may not be detectable by
these tests.
Also look into a possible an underlying yeast imbalance.
Raynaud's Disease non-chronic nature rules it out -based on
your symptoms posted.
Cheers!
Niko
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Hey character28.

You can have your PCP do a simple test with a finger pulse oximeter,
to determine the amount of oxygen content in your blood.
Low oxygen content would be consistent with blueish or purplish nails
and most likely suffering from tissue hypoxia, as I mentioned before.
A clinical evaluation along with the aforementioned test are sufficient to
determine this.
Lactic acid contributing to acidosis is common with tissue hypoxia
sufferers. Now the connection with over-exercising is the lactic acid production, as anaerobic metabolism is associated with decreased oxygen
use- the very definition of tissue hypoxia.
And again to verify this, you could ask for a lactic acid test, which would help you treat your condition successfully, should the test results come back positive.
Hope this helps.
Niko
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Hi Nikodicreta, thanks for your answer, I think I've had that oximeter test already, but the results were normal. I'll check the lactic acid as you said. By the way, in your previous post you talked about a possible yeast imbalance, how is it related with this condition? Does yeast imbalance cause discoloration?
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