This article is going to show you all the warning signs that your fingernails indicate and their connection to some diseases.
First thing you should do is take a look at your own fingernails and see whether they have some ridges, curves, or dips. Then, see if they are chipped, broken, and how thick or thin they are. You should also notice the colour of the fingernails, the skin under the nails, and the skin which surrounds the nails.
What Your Fingernails Are Warning You About:
1. Discolored nails
If your fingernails are pink with white moons near the base, it means that they are healthy. If they are in some other colour, you most probably have some health problem.
- If your nails are green, it means you have a bacterial infection.
- If your nails have red streaks in the nail bed, it means you have a heart valve infection.
- If your nails are blue, it means your body has low oxygen levels.
- If your nails are dull, it means you have some kind of vitamin deficiency.
- If your nails are white, it means you have problems with the liver.
- If your nails have dark stripes at the top, it means you are aging, or you have a congestive heart failure.
2. Thick nails
Having thick nails is not a problem, but if they look like talons or claws it’s not a good thing.
- If you have normal nails, but they suddenly become thick, it means you have a lung disease.
- If the nails are thick, and the texture is rough, it means you have a fungal infection.
- If the nails are very thick, it can mean you have circulation problems.
3. Split nails
A lot of women blame the nail polish when they notice they have split nails. However, this is what it means:
- If you have split nails, it means you have vitamin C, folic acid, or a protein deficiency.
- If your nails are flaking away and they are pitted, you may have psoriasis.
- Malnutrition can also be the cause for split nails.
4. Concave (Spoon) nails
If your nails are curved up, forming a dip, then they belong to the concave type of nails. They indicate some of the following issues:
- Heart disease
- Iron deficiency
5. Pitted nails
If you have dips in the nails, it can mean that you have banged the nails, or you have some other health issue, like:
- Alopecia areata
- Zinc deficiency
- Connective tissue disorder
If your nails have ridge lines, you may have:
- Iron deficiency
- Inflammatory arthritis
7. Dry, brittle nails
If your nails are brittle and dry, it can mean that you have a hormonal imbalance, or some bacterial infection.
- Fungus can make nails dry.
- Thyroid disease can be manifested with dry and brittle nails.
8. Clubbed nail
If your nails are puffed around the fingers, and the skin around the nails is swollen, it means you probably have:
- Liver disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Lung disease
Now that you know about the warning signs, stop buffing away and coloring your nails. Instead, solve the issue that’s causing the problem!