Your nails can provide a lot of information on your overall health and nutritional status. Nail abnormalities are often caused by skin disease and infection, but may also point to more general medical conditions.
1 # Nails White
Predominantly white nails with dark edges usually means there is a liver problem, possibly hepatitis. If the fingers was also jaundiced, this is just another indication of a malfunction of the liver.
2 # Yellow nails
Fungal infection is the typical cause of yellow nails. Moreover, the nail bed can be removed and nails may thicken and crumble as the infection worsens. In rare cases, yellow nails can be a sign of a more serious condition such as severe thyroid disorder, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis.
3 # Nails pallid
If your nails are turning very pale, this is a sign of serious illness, including: Anemia, congestive heart failure, liver disease and malnutrition.
4 # Bluish nails
Bluish nails can be an indicator of oxygen deficiency in the body, which could point to a lung problem such as emphysema. This nail condition is also linked to some heart problems.
5 # Wavy or Rippled Nails
Wavy or rippled nails could be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. This is often accompanied by discoloration of the nail, while the skin under the nail becomes reddish brown, this type of nail fungus is very associated with onychomycosis.
6 # Brittle nails
One of the signs of thyroid disorder is dry, brittle nails that frequently crack. If this is accompanied by a yellowish tint, the condition is possibly a result of a fungal infection.
7 # Dark lines under fingernails
Dark lines beneath the nail require immediate medical attention, as they often are caused by melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.
8 #Puffy Nail Fold
If the skin around the nail appears red and puffy, this is known as inflammation of the nail fold. It may be the result of lupus or another connective tissue disorder. Infection can also cause redness and inflammation of the nail fold.
9 # Gnawed Nails
Biting your nails may be nothing more than an old habit, but in some cases it’s 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 stop, it’s worth discussing with your doctor.
Nails Are Only Part of the Puzzle
Though nail changes accompany many conditions, these changes are rarely the first sign. And many nail abnormalities are harmless — not everyone with white nails has hepatitis. If you’re concerned about the appearance of your nails, see a dermatologist.
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