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Yellow on fingernails

I noticed a couple days ago light yellow spots on all of my nails. I thought at first I got highlighter on my nails from work but no. Sometimes it fades and goes away and then is back. My teacher said it could be anemia? I have no idea, no health insurance so I can't just run to the doctor. Any one heard of this?
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Have your doctor check your liver function I know when babies are born and are yellow its jaundice
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4851940 tn?1385441629
Have you been peeling any carrots or onions?

Yellow fingernails can also be from a fungal infection.

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A zinc deficiency can cause white or light yellow spots on the fingernails.  
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4851940 tn?1385441629
Have you used any dark nail varnish without using a basecoat?  That too can cause yellowing on the nails.

Liver problems like terin400 mentioned, smoking (which I doubt that you smoke), some medications as well as an unhealthy diet lacking in Vitamin A, B, zinc, protein, calcium and iron.

You may benefit from a multivitamin supplement suitable for your age group.  But make sure that you eat a healthy and balanced diet consisting of meat, milk, cheese, yogurt, fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts.  Brazil nuts contain zinc  Cut out all the junk foods, fizzy drinks, sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate.  Eat these as a treat occasionally.

Don't forget that your bones are still growing and you need a good supply of calcium and Vitamin D that helps to absorb the calcium in your body.  If you eat a healthy and balanced diet you should be fine.

You could make an appointment with your doctor to check out your liver function as mentioned by terin400 and your iron levels.  This is simply done by a taking a very small amount of blood for testing at the laboratory.

Best wishes.
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