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health questions?

hey heres just some general health questions i have for anyone out there and dont judge, i am simply just asking for help alright so i am 15 and i am 6'2" tall and 145lbs with a pretty good diet if that pertains to any questions. first question: on my fingernails i have little white marks that show up all the time its like if i damaged my nails but i didn't and they are very random and mostly show up on my right hand only, second question: my left eye has what looks like a popped blood vessel and its been like that for about a year and it doesn't go away  every so often it varies, for example it will be kinda pinkish in the area then the next day it will be dark red, what is this?, third question: my feet naturally go out when i walk and stand they look like this:\/ with the point being my heels how can i fix this, fourth question: whenever i work out, my right elbow gets symptoms of tennis elbow and when im doing curls my elbow hurts severely on the way down but it doesn't hurt when im bringing up the weight, also my right elbow will lock up: for example i will be writing in school and my elbow will suddenly freeze, it doesn't hurt that bad it just is annoying and i will have to swing my arm for it to get unstuck and continue writing, what is this and how can i fix it? fifth question: if i scratch my head i will acummulate this greasy white stuff under my finger nails (keep in mind i wash my hair very good  everyday) and this is just nasty please explain to me what it may be and sixth and final question: i have bad posture in my back and would like to know some exercises i can do to improve it? sorry this was really long and if you could respond that would be nice thanks 

rickharris2 years ago
I am not a doctor, If your worried you should see a medical professional - I don't ask my doctor to fix my computer!

However here is some homespun health wisdom for what it's worth:


first question: on my fingernails i have little white marks that show up all the time its like if i damaged my nails but i didn't and they are very random and mostly show up on my right hand only,

The white spots that appear on the fingernails are called as leukonychia. The appearance of these white spots can be a result of a possible injury to the base of the nail, which is called as the matrix. Usually, these injuries would have occurred in the past, but the white spot on the fingernail takes time to appear. By the time that this white spot makes an appearance, you would have forgotten about the injury. A normal banging of the finger on the door or the countertop can result in the injury and the occurrence of white spot on the fingernail.

second question: my left eye has what looks like a popped blood vessel and its been like that for about a year and it doesn't go away every so often it varies, for example it will be kinda pinkish in the area then the next day it will be dark red, what is this?,

Eyes develop marks of all kinds if it has persisted or causes pain or grows or worries you then see your doctor

third question: my feet naturally go out when i walk and stand they look like this:\/ with the point being my heels how can i fix this,

Not easy to fix yourself as this may be some kind of growth issue, i.e. they way your feet/legs have grown. A health professional can provide specific help and perhaps a solution over time as your still growing.

fourth question: whenever i work out, my right elbow gets symptoms of tennis elbow and when im doing curls my elbow hurts severely on the way down but it doesn't hurt when im bringing up the weight, also my right elbow will lock up: for example i will be writing in school and my elbow will suddenly freeze, it doesn't hurt that bad it just is annoying and i will have to swing my arm for it to get unstuck and continue writing, what is this and how can i fix it?

I think your using too high a weight, high repetition is better than high weight so reduce them. This may be linked with your elbow issues, Remember to give your arm a break and stretch sometimes Try an elasticated elbow support and see if it helps. This may just be you and you will learn to live with it.

fifth question: if i scratch my head i will acummulate this greasy white stuff under my finger nails (keep in mind i wash my hair very good everyday) and this is just nasty please explain to me what it may be and

Your scalp sheds skin all the time as well as a fair amount of grease to keep your pelt (hair) healthy. More in some people that others and more when you have thick hair. This sounds normal keep washing your hair with a MILD shampoo so you don't trigger an increase in grease production.

sixth and final question: i have bad posture in my back and would like to know some exercises i can do to improve it? sorry this was really long and if you could respond that would be nice thanks

Mmmm Me to I am 6' 3"  I claim it is a habit from bending down to hear what people are saying but actually i think I developed it when I was young because I was tall and didn't want to stand out in the crowd. It's a habit that can be broken, Consciously aim to stand tall, back strengthening exercise will help, the Yoga position "The plank" (look it up) is supposed to help posture.

Be happy you can reach the top shelf in the shop and will look a lot older then your friends.


Most importantly if these things are really a worry go see a nurse or doctor and talk them through. They aren't going to laugh or think your weird. Most everyone has these sorts of things, just wait until you get older!!! :-)

Healthy life style, exercise and keep your mind alert and working will go a long way to keeping you healthy
Burf2 years ago
I'm a civil engineer, when my doctor was building a new office, he consulted me. When I tore my left rotator cuff I consulted him. We both benefited by seeking the advice of an expert.
Vyger Burf2 years ago
You know you can fix a lot of those types of things with super glue. The hard part is injecting it into the right place while looking in the mirror backwards and not gluing your fingers to yourself in the wrong places.

Some problems do have simple solutions without a doctors help, such as a sure cure for dandruff being to shave your head bald (and also a cure for head lice). However asking people for help who may not have your best interest at heart is not always a wise thing to do.
....... The weird side of instructables again :)
lemonie2 years ago
Doctors love this stuff, look up "hypochondriac" in a dictionary. Or be like most men and go to A&E when it's really causing you a problem / fear...

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bwrussell2 years ago
A couple notes (I'm not a doctor blah blah): The hair/scalp issues is dandruff, use a shampoo like Head and Shoulders and when you wash your hair make sure you also use your finger tips to scrub your scalp, fairly hard, not just your hair. This will remove the normal dead skin in the shower.

The elbow: STOP DOING WHAT YOU"RE DOING IF IT HURTS! You are almost certainly doing real and permanent damage. This goes for any workout, if it causes real pain stop immediately. Try less weight, smoother and slower motions. If you are patient, take a few steps back and slowly build your elbows strength you might find the pain goes away. That being said you should almost certainly see a doctor to make sure their aren't bone spurs or something else that could eventually lead to expensive emergency surgery.

You should be able to fix your posture by being conscious of it when you slouch.

Talk to a doctor about being duck footed. It's possible a combination of custom shoe inserts, specific exercises, and being conscious of the problem could fix it.
Talk to a doctor about these things. Talk to your parents so they can see that you need to consult a doctor to figure out what is going on. When was the last time you went to the doctor's office for a regular checkup?

BIGHAIRYDUDE (author)  mpilchfamily2 years ago
Last year but i was just figuring this would be cheaper
Don't substitute internet hearsay for an actual doctor's visit. Try to describe a problem online is nothing compared to a professional actually seeing what your talking about.
+1 Some people ask health questions on forums like this thinking that they are somehow getting good advice. How can someone receive good advice from people that are not qualified to do so? Like Mpilchfamily says you better discuss these concerns with a doctor.
canucksgirl2 years ago
You should see a doctor, especially if you haven't been to one in a long time, at least for a yearly physical. You are growing and the last thing you need is a problem that gets worse, that could have been corrected had you seen a doctor earlier.

As far as some of your questions are concerned. The first issue with your fingernails is totally normal. Everyone gets little white marks on occasion and they are simply due to banging into something (and it doesn't take much). The reason you get more on the right than the left is just because you are right handed, and you use that dominant hand more than the other.

As for your head scratching question... it sounds to me like you have dandruff. With it you get a white or even yellowish greasy residue on your scalp. The best way to treat it is with a shampoo like "Head and Shoulders". If that doesn't help after a couple weeks, you definitely should see a doctor (in case its another skin condition).

Posture can be improved by strengthening your abdominal muscles and by consciously sitting up straight and avoiding a slouch. Think of it like learning to ride a bike... it takes practice.

Regarding your other questions, you should really take them up with a doctor, in person. Things like arm pain, or how your feet or knees are forming can signal really serious issues and shouldn't be ignored, or dealt with on a website.
Vyger2 years ago
Just a note from personal experience. Joint injuries and such problems don't go away as you get older. They get worse. The damage you do today might appear to heal but when arthritis sets in those are the places it attacks first. Why do you think so many professional athletes end up as basket cases when they are still fairly young. The damage you do is cumulative.
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