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.
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.
Treatment may include physical therapy, such as postural drainage, clapping, and vibration. Healthcare practitioners typically recommend avoiding cigarette smoke and other respiratory irritants, cough suppressants, and sleeping pills.