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.
Fingernails Warning Signs
1. Discolored nails
A healthy fingernail should have pink color with a touch of white moons near the base. In case your nails have another color exist possibility that you have a hidden health issue.
– Red streaks in the nail bed indicate a heart valve infection
– Green nails indicate of bacterial infection
– Dull nails typically indicate a vitamin deficiency
– Blueish nails are a sign of low oxygen levels in the blood
– White nails may indicate liver disease like hepatitis
– Dark stripes at the top (Terry’s nails) are related with aging and congestive heart failure
Clean the nails and look at the color once again. Taking into your mind consideration the vast plethora of potential health issues, you want to be sure you see what they are saying.
2. Thick nails
Having thick nails is anything but normal. The nails need to be strong, but in case they resemble claws or talons, watch out!
– Thickened nails which are otherwise normal can indicate lung disease
– Thick and rough-textured nails can point to a fungal infection
– Thick and separated nails often indicate a thyroid disease or psoriasis
– Unusual thickness may be a warning sign of circulation problem
Thick nails are a change that should adjust to other symptoms you might be taking for granted. Watch out for allergic reactions to new drugs which can manifest as 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 hand-washing or nail polish for everything, especially since: