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Yellow Nail Syndrome (Holistic)

About This Condition

Healthier-looking hands and feet start with healthier-looking nails. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Take extra E

    Supplement with 800 IU of vitamin E every day for several months to help control symptoms

About

About This Condition

Yellow nail syndrome is believed to be caused by congenital abnormalities in the lymphatic system.

Although it primarily affects the nails and lymphatic tissue, it frequently is associated with lung disease.

Symptoms

People with yellow nail syndrome may have symptoms including thickened, curved, slow-growing, yellow-to-greenish nails; and swelling of the lymph system in various parts of the body. Additional symptoms relating to the lungs may also occur.

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Supplement Why
2 Stars
Vitamin E
800 IU daily
Vitamin E has been used successfully with people who have yellow nail syndrome in several preliminary reports.

Supplementation with vitamin E has been used successfully with people who have yellow nail syndrome in several preliminary reports.1 , 2 , 3 Although topical use of the vitamin has also been reported to be effective,4 taking vitamin E supplements is much easier and less messy. A typical amount is 800 IU per day, with results beginning to appear after several months.

References

1. Norton L. Further observations on the yellow nail syndrome with therapeutic effects of oral alpha-tocopherol. Cutis 1985;36:457–62.

2. Ayres S Jr, Hihan R. Yellow nail syndrome: response to vitamin E. Arch Dermatol 1973;108:267–8.

3. Ayres S Jr. Yellow nail syndrome controlled by vitamin E therapy. J Am Acad Dermatol 1986;15:714–6 [letter].

4. Williams HC, Buffham R, du Vivier A. Successful use of topical vitamin E solution in the treatment of nail changes in yellow nail syndrome. Arch Dermatol 1991;127:1023–8.

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