What your nails says about your health.
Take a moment and look at your nails, do your nails show any of these signs?
Pale nails also known as leukonychia, describes fingernails that are partially or completely white in color. Not to worry, this could be a result of nail trauma or possibly a dietary deficiencies. Worst case scenario is heart of kidney disease or even poisoning.
White nails can mean liver problems such as hepatitis. The signs to look for are mostly white with darker rims.
Yellow nails one of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. As the infection worsens, the nail bed may react, and nails may thicken and crumble. In rare cases yellow nails can indicate a more serious condition such as severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis.
bluish nails if you see or notice this in your nail this indicates oxygen issues possibly a lung issue or even a heart problem.
rippled nails is a sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis if you see a pitted or rippling there may be a chance of
cracked or split nails can be a sign of a thyroid disease. If you start noticing brittle nails that frequently crack or split combined with yellowing is more like a fungal infection too.
Puffy nail folds if you start noticing a puffy nail fold the term paronychia which is a condition that causes inflammation, redness, tenderness, and swelling of the skin folds and tissues surrounding the nails. This is usually the cause of irritants and allergens but it can be a cause of fungus Candida albicans or even psoriasis.
Dark lines beneath nail plate is called melanonychia and is caused by the pigment melanin. There are several possible causes including skin cancer, infection or even an injury.
Gnawed nails This is just a bad habit but in some cases anxiety. Nail biting or picking had been linked to obsessive compulsive disorder.
Nails are part of the health care puzzle.Though nail changes accompany many conditions, these changes are rarely the first sign. Keep in mind, many nail abnormalities are harmless and not everyone with white nails has hepatitis.
If you have any concerns you should seek medical attention and get a proper diagnosis from a qualified dermatologist or a health care provider.
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