What Your Nails Say About Your Health

Category : Health & Beauty
Posted By : AmnaAnees
Posted Date : 15 Dec 2018 13:51 hrs

What-nails-say-about-your-healthYou must be exceedingly vigilant about your health in each and every aspect. Negligence in any way can put you in extreme health danger. On a brighter side, our body has various magical ways to indicate that something is wrong internally. One such indication is through a very small yet enormously vital part of our body, nails. Different conditions of nails tell us about different conditions of our health. It is our job to be vigilant, and highly observant of these small changes. To know exactly what your nails say about your health, keep on reading and you will find out wondrous facts about them. It will help you keep yourself perfectly healthy in different stages of your life.

•    If Your Nails Are Turning Pale

The most common problem that many people all around the globe experience are the yellowish nails. The most obvious reason for this issue is the excessive use of nail polish. But if you do not use nail polish that much, then it can be a "yellow nail syndrome".  Among symptoms of this health issue is the thick and greenish yellow appearance of the nails and absence of cuticle and lunula. 

This condition arises when nails are unable to grow in a natural manner. The main reason for nominal growth of nails is a diseased lung. This could be lymphatic diseases or bronchiectasis. These conditions pose a negative impact on blood circulation all over the body, thus preventing the availability of oxygen and other nutrients to absorb in the lymphatic system. Thus, you must take yellowish nails seriously and consult your doctor as soon as possible to deal with the issue accordingly.

•    The appearance of Thick Black or Brown Stripes

Most people put this line as their birthmark or mark of identification on ID cards and do not give importance to it. While this can be the body's way of expressing that you have melanoma of the nails. Generally, people think that melanoma is only a type of skin cancer when, in reality, your fingers, thumb, and toenail are one of the most vulnerable targets of melanoma cancer. 
This thick pigmentation of melanin is most common in dark-skinned people, as they naturally have an excess amount of melanocytes. Among these people, these stripes can mean nothing, but a simple mark. But consulting a doctor can never be harmful. 

These stripes usually appear when you give trauma to your nails by biting, cutting, pushing the cuticle, or picking it excessively. In response to this trauma to the nails and skin, the nails start producing more pigment.

Differentiating between the normal pigmentation and the start of melanoma is extremely difficult, or even impossible. So, it is better to see a good dermatologist to avoid any devastating health issue.

•    If Your Nails Have Small Dents on the Surface

This condition of having small dents in your nails is called pitting. The disarrayed pattern of pitting symbolize that you may have developed psoriasis or that you may have developed connective tissue disorder. Reiter's syndrome is one example of connective tissue disorder. This is a form of arthritis that arose due to infection and needs to be checked by the doctor on an immediate basis. On the other hand, if pitting arose in a regular pattern, then your body may be dealing with alopecia areata. In this disease, your body starts losing hair due to an autoimmune response. Be observant and, if you see the appearance of any type of dents, consult a good physician immediately.

•    If You Have Concave or Spoon-shaped Nails

Concavely shaped nails indicate that you have anemia or any disorders related to iron deficiency in the body. Another reason could be that your body is unable to metabolize iron efficiently, which occur in Plummer-Vinson Syndrome and in hemochromatosis. This condition of nails is scientifically named as koilonychia. If you start treating the iron-related problems of the body, you'll see the immediate health of your nails. Anyone who examines change in the shape of their nails in this manner must consult a physician, so the harsh consequences can be avoided in an efficient manner. 

•    If Your Nails Are Separating From the Skin Below

This devastatingly worrisome problem of the nails is called as onycholysis in scientific terminology. This condition generally happens with people who have very long nails and usually does not cause any pain. This mainly happens if you keep traumatizing your nails and cuticle through pushing, biting, or picking. In some cases, it indicates psoriasis, while in others it may be the symptom hyperthyroidism. To better know what your body is internally going through, it is highly recommended to go to your doctor and let him/ her diagnose the disease accurately.

•    If Your Nails are Turning White

 If the part of your nail which is closest to the part of the cuticle is immensely white while the distal part of the nail that is still kissing the skin is pink, then your nails condition id called as Lindsey's Nails. This condition not only looks displeasing but can also be a symptom of your kidney failure. Doctors say that if approximately two-third part of your nails is turned white and there is no hint of pink in the remaining nail but of silver then this condition is termed as Terry's Nail. This can be a symptom of diabetes mellitus, heart failure, cirrhosis or any other  cardiovascular disorder. Any of these nail condition can cause devastating results, so it is better to be observant about such changes in your body. 

Well, these are some of the most prominent and general changes in the appearance of your nails. It is highly advisable to know that what your nails say about your health to make sure that you are taking a good care of your body as a whole, so it functions in a great manner.

By Amna A for Ezega Blogs

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