What Your Nails Say About Your Health

 Any woman can wear a great outfit, but it is her nails that make the statement

You might have never thought about how nails indicate the overall status of your health. For instance, people may notice dried or cracked nails while others come across a touch of white spots or bumps on their nails. For some, it may be anything normal but for others, it might be an indication of an underlying disease that is often linked to heart, liver or lungs etc.

Here I would like to give you a general understanding of some common nail conditions:

White Spots:

The white spots on nails are commonly known as “Leukonychia” & are the most commonly found nail condition around the globe. For centuries, we have heard that white spots on nails are linked to calcium or zinc deficiency in one’s body. But this isn’t typically true.

Causes:

Here are some of the causes of white spots on your nails:

  • Injury to the base of your nails
  • Allergic reactions to nail polish or nail polish removers
  • Excessive pressure on nails
  • Mild trauma or a mild infection

If you notice your nails turning completely white with darker rims, this could be an indication of a liver disease such as hepatitis & you may already have witnessed other symptoms too. Always consult your doctor for any suspicious changes in your body.

Pale Nails:


Nails are an ideal place for bacteria to reside if proper hygiene is not given. If you notice intense paleness in your nails, it may be a sign of:

  • Anemia (Low Blood Count)
  • Malnutrition
  • Liver disease
  • Early diabetes

Since your nails are made up of protein (Keratin) that also exists in your hairs, it is essential to take Biotin or Vitamin B7 supplements to cure brittle or weak nails.

       

Yellow Nails or Split Nails:

If your nails constantly remain split, dry or cracked it is a clear indication of a thyroid disease. But if they are accompanied with yellow hues it could be a sign of fungal infection.

Yellow nails are always linked to fungal disease so it is important to treat them before they get worse or your nails begin to thicken or even crumble.

How to take care of your nails?

Here is a quick cheat sheet to follow for taking care of your nails:

  • Keep your hands clean & smooth by using moisturizer on your hands & nails.
  • Remove the traces of your last color with an acetone-free remover.
  • Get professional expertise for manicure if you don’t have enough time to do it at home.
  • Don’t ever scrub your nails roughly; it may expose you to an infection.

       

Given all these points, there exist many other conditions of nails that need to be addressed. We will discuss them in our other posts. Stay tuned & don’t forget to leave your feedback!

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