A Closer Look at Your Nails and Health

Most people never really bother to look at their nails that closely: some would just settle on painting them over with vibrant colors, then maybe adding jewels and such. As you read the title of this article, you may be wondering what your nails have to do with your health, when all they do is grow longer in each passing day. However, if you take a careful look at your nails, you may notice slight variations in appearance: a rosy shade here, a little bit of white there, or maybe some bumps and rippling in the surface. These may look nothing much to you-everyone has his or her own imperfections, even in the pettiest facets such as the nails-but they actually provide a lot of helpful clues about your health and well-being to the trained, professional eye. Some warning signs about your present health condition can only be seen in your nails, so you should try looking more carefully from now on.

Even the slightest changes in your nails can be a sign of a fungus infection or a systemic disease like anemia or lupus. Anemic people are easily guessed by just looking at their nails; they have distinguished pale, whitish nail beds that indicate a low count of red blood cells. Iron deficiency can also cause nail beds to appear concave and thinner, and have distinct raised ridges. Even heart disease can affect your nails, and give them a reddish appearance. Psychological conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder can be guessed by looking at the nails: people with OCD often have habits like nail-biting and picking. Thyroid diseases can show up in your nails by causing them to become dry and brittle that can easily crack and split. Needless to say, many little clues to what is going on inside your body are offered by your nails.

Here is a rundown on eight common possible signs of serious conditions that your nails say (other than those mentioned above): One, yellowish nails that do not grow as fast as normal may indicate lung diseases like emphysema. Two, nails that are whitish in appearance can be associated with liver diseases such as hepatitis. Three, nails that are half-pink and half-white in color can indicate a range of kidney diseases. Four, ridges and rippling in the nail surface may be associated to inflammatory arthritis and psoriasis. Five, dark lines appearing beneath your nails can be a sign of melanoma. Six, yellowish nails with a subtle red tint at the base is a common characteristic of diabetic people. Seven, patients with connective tissue disease may have irregular reddish lines appearing at the base of their nail folds. Lastly, people with lung disease may suffer from clubbing or the painless increase of tissue on the ends of the fingers.

Since your nails offer a lot of valuable information about any present condition you are suffering from, you have to give some attention to them as well. Take a good look at your nails before putting on the nail polish of your choice, and maybe it can benefit you more than you think it will ever would.