I am sure many are not aware that the nail can reveal clues to our overall health. Surprisingly, a touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Health problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails.
Read down to see what secrets your nails may be telling you about your health.
Gnawed Nails: Although biting your nails may just be an old habit, but in some cases it could be a sign of persistent anxiety that could benefit from treatment. Nail biting or picking has also been linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you can’t just stop biting it, see a doctor.
Puffy Nail Fold: If you notice the skin around your nail is red and puffy, this is known as inflammation of the nail fold. It may be as a result of lupus or another connective tissue disorder. Infection can also cause redness and inflammation of the nail fold.
Cracked or Split Nails: Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack or split have been linked to thyroid disease. But if it is cracking or splitting combined with a yellowish hue it could be due to a fungal infection.
Bluish Nails: If you have nails with a bluish tint, it can mean that your body is not getting enough oxygen. It could also indicate a lung problem, such as emphysema. Some heart problems can be associated with bluish nails.
White Nails: White nails with darker rims indicates liver problems, such as hepatitis or jaundice, another sign of liver trouble.
Pale Nails: pale nails can be a sign of serious illness, such as Anemia, Congestive heart failure, Liver disease or Malnutrition.
Yellow Nails: One of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. As the infection worsens, the nail bed may retract, 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.
Rippled Nails: If the nail surface is rippled or pitted, this may be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. Discoloration of the nail is common; the skin under the nail can seem reddish-brown.
Dark Lines Beneath the Nail: Dark lines beneath the nail should be attended to as soon as possible as they are sometimes caused by melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.