Today, nails are mostly regarded as a purely aesthetic feature of our bodies. In fact, it is estimated that the global nail polish market will reach up to $15.55 billion by 2024. However, it turns out that your nails may not just be a platform for contemporary design but also a mirror of your general health status. Sometimes, a problem with nails can show a serious medical condition. A change in the color and texture can be the sign of a lung, heart, or nervous system disease.
We at the Bright Side believe that it is always easier to cure an illness if you can spot it early. Your nails are not just a beauty accessory. They are closely connected to the systems of your entire body. Here are some signs that the state your nails could be signaling health problems.
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– In most cases, yellow nails indicate a fungal infection. If not treated in time, this condition can worsen, and your nails can even acquire a greenish tint and become crumbly.
– White nails with a strip of pink at the top (“Terry’s nails”) can be a sign of congestive heart failure, kidney failure, diabetes, and some liver problems such as hepatitis or cirrhosis.
– Dark red nails may indicate that you have heart disease. If the redness extends to the sides of your nails and cuticles, this might be a sign of an autoimmune disease called lupus.
– Brittle, split nails are usually linked to hypothyroidism, a condition in which your thyroid works too slowly.
– Vertical ridges are usually a normal sign of aging, just like wrinkles on your face. But if they become prominent at a young age, this might mean that you’re suffering from a vitamin B12 or magnesium deficiency.
– Nail pitting may indicate skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. It can also be an early sign of connective tissue disorders such as inflammatory arthritis, a disease that affects your joints.
– Spoon nails (“koilonychia”), a phenomenon whereby your nails look like a spoon with raised ridges and a scooped-out depression, may be a sign of hemochromatosis.
– Nail clubbing appears when your fingertips become enlarged and your nails curve downward. This kind of nail growth can be a sign of low oxygen in your blood, which is usually caused by lung disease.
– Dark vertical lines extending from the cuticle to the tip of the nail may be a sign of subungual melanoma, a really dangerous type of skin cancer.
– Although most people believe that white stripes (“Mees’ lines”) signal a calcium deficiency, that’s not actually true. Those white discolorations on your nails usually indicate an imbalanced diet lacking in protein.
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