What Your Fingernails Say About Your Health

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the fingernails can be the window to the overall health and it turned out, that having strong fingernails is not only beneficial to your manicure. Some fingernail symptoms can be a larger indication of some health issues. A dermatologist at the Clevland Clinic in Ohio, as well as a New York City-based dermatologist and author of the Skin Rules, have both stated that there exist some nail symptoms that you cannot ignore.

Below here you can find the most common health warnings that your fingernails can show you. 

Yellow nails:

As Web MD stated, having yellow nails is one of the most common warning signs that your fingernails give, and they add that one of the most known causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. In some rare cases, they also say that it might indicate a more serious condition such as for example, thyroid disease, diabetes or lung disease. Dr. Anthony added that the yellow nails can be also a cause from smoking which strains the nails. So maybe you will want to quit smoking in case you notice your nails are constantly yellow, he added.

Cracked or brittle nails:

As Doctor Jailman noticed so far, brittle or cracked nails might be a sign that the nail plate is very dry and, cracked or brittle nails are very often linked to thyroid disease. Dr. Jailman explained that hypothyroidism can sometimes cause this side effect as well. This is a condition where the thyroid is not producing enough hormones.

Pitted nails:

Pitting the nail is as a result by the defective development of the layers of the nail plate, and it is usual for those suffering from psoriasis. They had added that nail pitting can affect up to 50% of the people that are suffering from this condition and it is suggested that in case you are experiencing any pitting or dents in your nails, you should immediately speak with your doctor.

Ridged nails:

Dr.Anthony has stated that, the reason people will notice horizontal ridges on the nails is that there might be some direct trauma to the nail or maybe it can be a cause of a more serious illness, in which case you will notice it on more than one nail. And so he adds that the reason this happens is that your body is working overtime in order to try to fight the illness so it is saving energy for the rest of the body that needs it more. What your body is actually saying is that the nails are not important enough for energy.

Discolored or dark lines beneath:

A dark line or discoloration on the nail can many times be caused by melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Doctor Anthony had been saying that melanoma that comes from the nail unit is highly serious and it might also cause a black line or stripe on the nail, so in case you notice this you should contact your doctor immediately.

Bitten nails:

In accordance with Medical Daily, the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has classified nail biting as one symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder, but however, this suggests not that everyone who bites their nails has this disorder, but Dr.Jailman stated that when this habit becomes excessive, you should consult with your doctor.

Bluish nails:a

In case your nails become bluish, is might be a sign that the body might not be getting enough oxygen needed. A few causes that are possible for this can be lung problems as well as heart problems. In case you notice this is occurring on a continuous basis, please consult your doctor.

White spots:

One myth that is going around is that white spots on nails means calcium deficiency, but Dr. Anthony has explained that this is not always the case. He further explained that the white spots are not so significant because they are often a result of trauma such as hitting your finger against something.