by The Welthi Bureau | 12th Jan, 2019
Nails can give you a hint about your overall health, so it’s worth reading the messages they are conveying to you from time to time. The surface texture and hue can alert you to some problem in your body that requires immediate medical attention. However, you need to know how to interpret the signs.
Pale Nails: Could indicate anemia, congestive heart failure, liver disease or malnutrition.
White Nails: Nails that are largely white with darker rims, could indicate liver issues such as hepatitis.
Yellow Nails: This could indicate a fungal infection. If left untreated, the infection gets worse, leading to retraction of the nail bed. The nails may then thicken and crumble. In some rare cases, yellow nails point to severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis.
Bluish Nails: Nails with a bluish tint can suggest that your body lacks enough oxygen and that you might have a lung problem like emphysema, or even a heart problem. Don’t ignore these signs. Consult a doctor without further delay.
Rippled Nails: A rippled or pitted nail surface could suggest the onset of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis.
Cracked or Split Nails: If you have nails that crack often or split, then you need to get checked for Thyroid Disease. However, cracking or splitting combined with a yellowish hue could be due to a fungal infection.
Puffy Nail Fold: An inflammation of the nail fold causes the skin around the nail to look red and puffy. This could be an infection, or it could also be the result of lupus or some other disorder of the connective tissue.
Dark lines beneath Nails: If you see dark lines beneath your nails, you need to rush to a doctor immediately, as they are sometimes caused by Melanoma, which is serious skin cancer.
Bitten down Nails: Biting your nails is not just a bad habit but could be telling you something about your emotional health. In some cases, gnawed nails indicate chronic anxiety and even Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. It’s best to seek professional help if you are a persistent nail biter.
There are exceptions to the rule, and not all the above observations may apply to every single person. This is to alert you to what could possibly be ailing you. For more clarity, and to rule out risks, seek the help of a Doctor.
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