8 health warnings your nails may be sending you

Take a good look at your nails . Look at the curves, drops, ridges and ruts. Take a look at the thickness and if they are chipped or broken. Write down the color of the nail itself, the skin under it, and the skin around the nail.

Remember, have your nails always looked like this? The changes in them are linked to the appearance of diseases, so any news counts. With this new vision, compare what you see with this list of eight possible health warnings that can be reflected in the nails.

1. Discolored nails

A healthy nail should be pink with a hint of pinkish-white (moons) near the base. If they are pale in color or streaked with other colors, you may have a serious hidden health problem.

  • Green nails can be a sign of bacterial infection.
  • Red streaks on the nail bed are a warning of a heart valve infection.
  • Bluish signals low oxygen levels in the blood.
  • Pale means a vitamin deficiency .
  • White nails can indicate damaged liver , such as hepatitis.
  • Dark streaks across the top are associated with aging and congestive heart failure.

2. Thick nails

Thick nails are not natural. It is positive that they are strong, but if they resemble claws more than normal ones, it is to consider any possible symptoms, although it is always advisable to see a doctor so as not to self-diagnose.

  • Thickening of those that are normal may indicate lung disease
  • Thick and rough nails can be a sign of a fungal infection
  • Thick and separate can mean thyroid disease or psoriasis
  • Unusual thickness can also be a symptom of a circulation problem

Thick nails are a change that should make you see other health symptoms that you may be ignoring. Also watch out for allergic reactions to new drugs that can suddenly become thick.

3. Split nails

The games are not just occasional chipped nails or slammed doors. Instead, they look like layered scales. Don’t blame frequent hand washing or nail polish on anything else, especially since:

  • They are the result of folate, vitamin C , and protein deficiencies
  • Split nails combined with a nail bed with holes, may indicate psoriasis, which begins on the nails 10% of the time
  • May be the result of chronic malnutrition

Watch what you eat and pay attention to the psoriasis connection; pay more attention to your overall health.

4. Concave nails (like spoon)

These types point to a number of internal problems. To be considered spoons, the nails will be smooth and curved upward, forming a bowl that is often large enough to hold water. This guy points out:

  • Iron deficiency (usually anemia).
  • Hemochromatosis, a liver disorder, where the body absorbs too much iron.
  • Diseases of the heart .
  • Hypothyroidism .

Changes to your nails and your health go hand in hand – for many people, fixing their health problems results in their deformed nails returning to normal.

5. Nails with holes

Small slants or holes can be a result of slapping your hands – or they could be a sign that you need to take a closer look at their health. It may indicate:

  • Psoriasis.
  • Connective tissue disorder.
  • Alopecia areata , an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss.
  • Zinc deficiency (when the hole appears to form a line through the center of the nail).

Be careful with your hand to separate natural dents and dings from real holes. The former will clear up quickly, but disease-linked pits remain.

6. Crests

Nails must be smooth with almost imperceptible lines. Lines with obvious edges are a sign that something is going on with your body. Some of the most common conditions associated with lines or edges on the nails are:

  • Lack of iron.
  • Inflammatory arthritis .
  • Lupus (by red lines at the base of the nails).

Don’t just overlook those edges – listen to their warning and see a doctor to rule out any causes.

7. Dry and brittle nails

You don’t need a lotion or cuticle oil. If they are dry and brittle, you should check your hormone levels and bacterial health.

Thyroid disease leads to dry, brittle nails that crack and split easily. On the other hand, the fungus can cause nails to be dry or even easy to fall apart.

Both thyroid and fungal problems take time to treat, so you won’t see a difference in the appearance of your nails for an entire growth cycle.

8. Nails in “watch glass”

If you have plump skin that seems to swell around the nail, or if the nails appear to have swollen around your fingers, they are said to be “watch glass” or “drumstick fingers” nails. They can mean:

  • Lung disease, especially if you already have trouble breathing.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver disease.

Your nails won’t be the only signs of these diseases, but they can provide confirmation or motivation to seek medical attention.

Don’t ignore your hands or the health warnings they send. Nails and disease are more closely related than you think – check them often to protect your health. But also avoid frightening yourself with self-diagnoses, always consider first the opinion of a doctor who can review your medical history, your laboratory tests and the medical review.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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