Your fingernails do a lot more than just provide a place to add decorations. They protect the tip of your finger, true, but they also are an important indicator of how your entire body is doing. Keeping an eye on nail health is a key step to keeping the rest of you healthy.
Are your nails yellow? If so, there are a couple of possibilities. The first is fairly simple, it could indicate a fungal infection. This is more likely to be true if you have acrylics or false nails. This is usually a minor problem and can be dealt with quickly.
However, that’s not the only cause. Yellow nails can indicate serious kidney problems. You should check the rest of your body over for other symptoms, but first make an appointment to see your doctor. Yellowing of the skin, nails and corneas could mean an excess buildup of toxins that are ordinarily filtered out by the kidneys. This is an extremely serious medical condition.
Are your nails blue? The lips and nails are one of the first places you will notice that there isn’t sufficient oxygen circulating your body. Many serious illnesses could cause this problem, and it requires an immediate trip to the doctor.
Do they split easily? Several things can cause weak, brittle nails. One of them is heredity, which there’s not much you can do about. Frequent use of nail polish remover can also lead to the problem.
The more serious condition, however, is not eating a proper diet. Lean protein and adequate vitamins and minerals are needed to grow strong, healthy nails. Have a good look at what you eat and you may find the solution.
Are there ridges? Vertical nail ridges aren’t a problem. In fact, as you age, you may notice them more and more. However, horizontal ridges are a problem. Several serious health conditions may be the cause, including respiratory difficulties and a heart attack.
What about white spots? You can be relieved, this is not an indication that you told a lie (Appalachian superstition), nor does it mean you are malnourished. It simply means that at some point in the very recent past, you bruised the nail bed. That’s how bruises show up on fingernails.
What are clubbed nails and are they bad? Clubbed nails means that the flesh under your nail has thickened. Many conditions can cause the phenomenon, including heredity. Most often associated with clubbed nails are heart and respiratory disorders. If you notice this, you may want to draw your doctor’s attention to it, to rule out serious health problems.
As you can see, your nails are a vital clue to how healthy you are. When you are working with them, make sure to give them a once over to see if there have been any changes. It could save your life.