Method Of Exam
Author: A. Chandrasekhar, MD
Consultant: M. Massa, MD
Inspect the nails for color, shape and texture.
Normal nails are translucent, shiny and firm in texture.
Longitudinal bands of pigment can normally be seen in black patients.
With aging nails may lose their luster, thicken and become yellow.
Longitudinal ridging also develops with aging.
Nail polish should be removed before the nails can be examined.