What Do Your Nails Say About Your Health?

Did you know that your nails can give you information about your general health? A speck of white here, a rosy hue there, or some rippling or lumps in the skin could be signs of sickness. Your nails can reveal problems with your liver, lungs, or heart. Continue reading to find out what secrets your nails may hold.

Nails That Are Pale 

Nails that are very pale can be a sign of a serious sickness, such as: 

  • Anemia
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Malnutrition

White Nails

If your nails are largely white with darker rims, it could be a sign of a liver disease like hepatitis. The fingers are also jaundiced in this photograph, which is another symptom of liver disease. 

Nails that are yellow in colour 

A fungal infection is one of the most common causes of yellow nails. The nail bed may retract as the infection advances, and the nails may thicken and shatter. Yellow nails can occasionally signal a more serious ailment, such as severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes, or psoriasis.

Nails with a bluish tint 

A bluish hue to the nails can indicate a lack of oxygen in the body. This could be a sign of a lung condition like emphysema. Bluish nails have been linked to some cardiac issues. 

Nails with Ripples 

If the surface of your nails is rippling or pitted, it could be an indication of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. Nail discoloration is prevalent, and the skin beneath the nail might appear reddish-brown. 

Nails that are cracked or split 

Thyroid disease has been related to dry, brittle nails that break or split regularly. A fungal infection is more likely to cause cracking or splitting, as well as a yellowish colour. 

Folding Puffy Nails 

Inflammation of the nail fold occurs when the skin around the nail becomes red and puffy. Lupus or similar connective tissue illness could be at blame. Redness and inflammation of the nail fold can also be caused by infection. 

Underneath the Nail: Dark Lines 

It’s important to look into dark lines beneath the nail as soon as feasible. Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, is occasionally to blame.  

 Nails that have been gnawed 

Biting your nails may appear to be nothing more than a bad habit, but it can also be a sign of worry that needs to be addressed. Obsessive-compulsive disorder has also been connected to nail biting or picking. If you are unable to stop, speak with your doctor. 

Although nail alterations are common in many diseases, they are rarely the first indicator. And not everyone with white nails has hepatitis, therefore many nail abnormalities are innocuous. Consult your doctor or a dermatologist if you’re concerned about the appearance of your nails.

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