What Your Nails Can Reveal About Your Health

Did you know that your nails can reveal things about your health that you probably never knew? Yes, they can so it is wise to always check for any changes that may occur. Let’s take a look at what clues you should know about your nails.

Do you have pitting in your nails?

It would look like someone took an ice pick and made impressions in them. In this case, it would reveal that you have psoriasis, as this type of condition would make the nails look like they are pitted which is very common in this disease. But you could also have some connective tissue disorders, such as Reiter’s syndrome, and alopecia areata. Yes, the same alopecia that makes you lose your hair.

Nail clubbing:

Symptoms are the fingertips are enlarged and the nail curves over the fingertips. This could take years to happen, but this sometimes shows that your oxygen level is low in the blood and could show signs of lung diseases. Don’t rule out any of these either, inflammatory bowel disease, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and AIDS.

Does your nail look like a spoon and can hold something in them?

This type of nail is soft and appears that you could possibly hold liquid in it. Most likely, spoon nails are a sign of iron deficiency anemia or even a liver condition. Your body could be telling you that it is absorbing too much iron from the foods you eat. Again, other possibilities could be linked to heart disease and hypothyroidism.

Aging nails?

You could have Terry’s nails, where most of the nails appear white except for a narrow pink band at the tip. The underlying health conditions would show up as liver disease, congestive heart failure, kidney failure or diabetes. Vertical lines on the nails are also just a normal sign of aging. Just like we get wrinkles on the face, nails experience “wrinkling” too.

Do you have an indentation running across the nails?

This is called Beau’s lines and it would appear that you had an injury to the nail at the area near the cuticle. Lots of conditions here would include diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, as well as any illnesses that would involve a high fever, such as scarlet fever, measles, mumps and pneumonia. Or you may just have a zinc deficiency.

Does your nail look like it is separating and wanting to fall off?

Known as Onycholysis, in this scenario, the fingernails become loose and can separate from the nail bed. The nail can range in color from opaque with a white, yellow or green tinge when it is separating from the nail bed. You may have had an injury of an infection associated with this type of problem. Thyroid disease and psoriasis can also form this condition.

Do you have yellowing of your nails?

The nail will appear thick and growth is slow. Yellow nail syndrome is often a sign of respiratory diseases, such as chronic bronchitis. Yellow nail syndrome can also be related to swelling of the hands (Lymphoma).

Seeing white spots on the nails?

Nothing to worry about here. You may have whacked your hand somewhere to cause the nail to experience trauma. Dark spots, dark streaks or pain? See your doctor immediately as this could be a sign of the deadly melanoma skin cancer.

Even though you can tell a lot with someone’s hands and nails, they can show a glimpse into your health. Having strong nails isn’t just good news to get the perfect manicure. The symptoms discussed can indicate bigger health problems than you realize.

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