8 Health WARNINGS Your Fingernails May Be Sending
Fingernails and disease don’t go together in most minds but they
should. Your fingernails can give you valuable health warnings and signal the
presence of serious disease.
Take a good long look at your nails. Hold a hand level with your nose about
a foot out from your face and scrutinize each one.
Look at the curves, dips, ridges, and grooves. Check out how thick or thin
they are and if your nails are chipped or broken. Make a note of the color of
the nail itself, the skin under it, and the skin around the nail.
your memory have your nails always looked like this? Changes to your
fingernails and disease onset are linked, so note any new developments. With
this fresh view, compare what you see with this list of eight potential
fingernail health warnings.
near the base. If your nails are a dull color or streaked with other colors,
you may have a serious hidden health problem.
-Green nails are a sign of bacterial infection
-Red streaks in your nail bed are a warning of a heart valve infection
-Blueish nails signal low oxygen levels in your blood
-Dull nails mean a vitamin deficiency
-White nails may signal liver disease, such as hepatitis
-Dark stripes at the top (Terrys nails) are associated with aging and
congestive heart failureScrub those nails clean and really look at your nail color! Given the
rainbow of potential health challenges, you want to be sure you see
what your fingers are saying.2. Thick nailsThick nails are not natural. You want your nails to be strong, but if
they resemble talons or claws more than traditional nails watch out!
-Thickened nails that are otherwise normal can signal lung disease
-Thick and rough-textured nails can signal a fungal infection
-Thick and separated nails may mean thyroid disease or psoriasis
-Unusual thickness may also be a symptom of a circulation problemThickening nails are a change that should tune you in to other health
symptoms you may be ignoring. Also watch out for allergic reactions to new
medications which can show up as suddenly thick nails!
3. Split nails
Split nails aren’t just occasionally chipped or shut in doors.
Instead, these nails seem to flake away in layers. Don’t blame frequent
handwashing or nail polish for everything, especially since:
-Split nails result from folic acid, Vitamin C, and protein deficiencies
-Split nails combined with a pitted nail bed (base) can signal psoriasis,
which begins in nails 10% of the time according to WebMD
-Split nails may result from chronic malnutrition
Watch what you eat and check the psoriasis connection to fight back and
pay more attention to your health overall.
considered full spoons, nails will be soft and curve up, forming a dip
that is often big enough to hold water. Spoon nails signal:
-Iron deficiency (usually from anemia)
-Hemachromatosis, a liver disorder where your body absorbs too much iron
-HypothyroidismYour fingernail and health challenges go hand in hand for many
people, clearing up their health issue results in their spoon nails
returning back to normal.5. Pitted nailsSmall dips or holes in your nails can be a result of banging up your
hands or they could be a sign that you need to look more closely at
your health. Nail pitting can signal:
-Connective tissue disorder
-Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss
-Zinc deficiency (when the pit seems to form a line across the middle of
your nail)Watch your hand to separate natural dents and dings from real,
lasting pits. The first will clear up quickly, but pits linked to
lines. Obvious ridge lines are a signal that something is up with
your body. Some of the most common conditions associated with heavy
ridge lines are:
-Lupus (for red lines at the base of your nails)Don’t just buff away your ridges hear their warning!7. Dry, brittle nailsYou don’t need lotion or cuticle oil. If your nails are dry and
brittle, you should check your hormone levels and bacterial
-Thyroid disease leads to brittle, dry fingernails that crack and
-Fungus can make nails dry or even crumbly, affecting 12% of all
Americans according to the American Academy of DermatologyBoth thyroid and fungal issues take time to treat, so you won’t
see a difference in the look of your fingernails for a full growth
8. Clubbed nails
If you have plump skin that seems to swell around the nail, or if
your nails seem to have puffed around your fingers, they are said to
be clubbed. Clubbed nails can mean:
-Lung disease, especially if you already have trouble breathing
-Inflammatory bowel disease
Your fingernails won’t be the only signs of these diseases, but
they can provide confirmation or motivation to seek medical care.
Don’t ignore your hands or the health warnings they send.
Fingernails and disease are more closely related than you think
check your nails often to protect your health!
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Nail changes may signify a number of disorders elsewhere in the body. These changes may indicate illness long before any other symptoms appear. Please do REMEMBER- everything you see on the outside of your body, is a reflection of something going on inside. Inside of it. Inside your body.
Unusually wide, square nails can suggest a hormonal disorder.
Brittle nails signify possible iron deficiency, thyroid problems, impaired kidney function, and circulation problems.
Brittle soft, shiny nails with a moon may indicate an overactive thyroid.
Dark nails and/or thin, flat, spoon-shaped nails are a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency or anemia. Nails can also turn gray or dark if the hands are placed in chemicals (most often bleach) or a substance to which one is allergic.
Deep blue nail beds show a pulmonary obstructive disorder such as asthma or emphysema.
Greenish nails, if not a result of a localized fungal infection, may indicate an internal bacterial infection.
Black, splinterlike bits under the nails can be a sign of infectious endocarditits, a serious heart infection; other heart disease; or a bleeding disorder.
A half-white nail with dark spots at the tip points to possible kidney disease.
An isolated dark-blue bank in the nail bed, especially in light-skinned people, can be a sign of skin cancer.
Nail beading (the development of bumps on the surface of the nail) is a sign of rheumatoid arthritis.
Nails that chip, peel, crack, or break easily show a general nutritional deficiency and insufficient
hydrochloric acid and protein. Minerals are also needed.
Ridges can appear in the nails either vertically or horizontally. Vertical ridges indicate poor general health, poor nutrient absorption, and/or iron deficiency; they may also indicate a kidney disorder. Horizontal ridges can occur as a result of severe stress, either psychological or physical, such as from infection and/or disease.
White lines across the nail may indicate a liver disease.
If the white moon area of the nail turns red, it may indicate heart problems, if it turns slate blue, then it can indicate either heavy metal poisoning (such as silver poisoning) or lung trouble.
White nails indicate possible liver or kidney disorders or/and anemia.
White nails with pink near the tips are a sign of cirrhosis.
Yellow nails or an elevation of the nail tips can indicate internal disorders long before other symptoms appear. Some of these are problems with the lymphatic system, respiratory disorders, diabetes, and liver disorders.
Downward-curved nail ends may denote heart, liver or respiratory disease.
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