9 Things your nails say about your HEALTH!
1. Terry’s nails
The nails that are unusually white are called Terry’s nails. If your nails turn white for no reasons, there are two possible explanations for it. One, the blood supply for your nails has been partially or completely cut or that you have developed a fungal nail infection. In the case of doubting if you are suffering from this condition or not, take a look at your fingernail tips to see whether they are reddened or darkened or not. Terry’s nail can indicate a series of dangerous conditions like Iron deficiency, anemia, diabetes, organ failure, liver cirrhosis and hyperthyroidism.
2. Nails detached from the nail bed
If your nail has detached from the nail bed but not as the result of pressure, it might indicate a hormonal imbalance in your body. Separated nails always indicate hyperthyroidism which occurs when your thyroid gland is releasing more hormones into your bloodstream than it is supposed to. In this case, you need to set an appointment with your doctor soon!
3. Dark vertical stripes along the nail
Longitudinal melanonychia is the medical condition for this sign and it is one of the most obvious and also dangerous signs that your fingernails can send you. Many people ignore these dark strips because it doesn’t cause them any pain. However, this may cause a form of skin cancer called “Subungual Melanoma”. It is known to be the most aggressive type of skin cancer.
4. Blue nails
Most of us know what may cause blue nails. It could be the lack of oxygen, hypoxia, or pressure. Hypoxia is often triggered by an impaired circulation to your peripheral area. However, the good news is that most of the time, this does not indicate any severe health issues. Even the minor blood circulation can easily be cured by natural remedies.
5. Small depressions or dents on the surface of the nails
If you have noticed some small depressions or dents on your nails that weren’t there before these might indicate reactive arthritis, a serious type of arthritis that is somewhat similar to Lupus to a certain extent, and that occurs when your immune system starts to attack the joints, psoriasis or eczema. In this case, it is highly recommended to visit a dermatologist.
6. Spoon nails
When your nails are extremely soft they look spooned out, that is medically known as “Koilonychia”. Two health conditions are associated with this one. Hemochromatosis, which is a liver problem that causes your body to absorb more iron than what is needed. Hypothyroidism also called underactive thyroid or low thyroid is a common disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones. It might also cause other severe problems like heart disease, anaemia, impaired blood flow, even Lupus.
7. Discolored nails
The natural colour of nails is a natural healthy pink and that might change into black, yellow, grey, brown or even green. If your nails are green or they are slowly turning green, it might indicate nail psoriasis or a severe fungal nail infection. However, it can also depict jaundice, tuberculosis, sinusitis, lymphedema or even chronic paronychia, which is an infection that affects your nail fold.
Grey nails are triggered by various prescription drugs such as antimalaria medications. Brown nails may indicate malnutrition or even thyroid disease, either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. And in the case of having two distinct colours, it might indicate liver failure that is known to trigger changes in natural melanin production, the hormone that is responsible for skin pigmentation.
8. Frail and brittle nails
This is one of the most common nail conditions. We all have had experienced this at least once. If your healthy nail has become crumble, thin, frail or brittle, it might mean that you lack vitamins, vitamin B7 to be exact. You could easily cure this by taking multivitamin supplements but if after taking those your nails are still the same, you need to run some medical tests. Brittle nails are associated with nail psoriasis, thyroid problems or fungal nail infections.
9. White stripes on the nails
As mentioned before, dark stripes on your nails is a sign of a type of nail cancer but that doesn't apply to white. This is common among children that they do not have a balanced diet. It indicates the lack of proteins. As we have all experienced, these white stripes tend to disappear quickly after consuming an adequate amount of fish, nuts, seeds, meat and other high protein sources.
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