Nails: What Do They Reveal About Your Health

Discover how your nails reflect your health in this insightful article. Get insights on nail health now! Read more.

Nails, in today’s context, are often perceived primarily as a cosmetic aspect of our bodies. Beyond their role in contemporary fashion, they serve as a unique indicator of your general health status, offering valuable insights into your body’s internal dynamics and overall vitality.

Nail Color Indications:

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1. Yellow nails often signal fungal infections but can also result from aging, smoking-related lung issues, or low-quality acrylic work.
2. White ones with pink tips (Terry’s nails) may indicate heart or kidney failure, diabetes, liver problems, or aging.
3. Extremely pale ones suggest nutritional deficiencies or circulation issues, potentially leading to anemia.
4. Dark red nails may signal heart disease; nail and cuticle redness could indicate autoimmune diseases like lupus.
5. Bluish or purple ones suggest oxygen deficiency linked to heart or lung problems like emphysema.
6. Various colors like brown (thyroid or nutritional issues) and grey (certain medications).

Texture and Health:

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1. Brittle or split ones relate to hypothyroidism, vitamin deficiencies (A, C, B7/biotin), or nail polish remover overuse.
2. Vertical ridges often result from aging but can signify vitamin B12 or magnesium deficiency when prominent at a young age.
3. Horizontal ridges (Beau’s lines) indicate nail trauma or serious illnesses with high fever.
4. Nail pitting may suggest skin conditions (psoriasis, eczema), connective tissue disorders, or inflammatory arthritis.

Nail Growth:

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1. Spoon nails (koilonychia) may signify hemochromatosis, iron-deficiency anemia, heart disease, or poor circulation.
2. Nail clubbing may indicate low blood oxygen due to lung disease, or be linked to liver, kidney, heart issues, IBD, or AIDS.
3. Detached ones may indicate hyperthyroidism, fungal infection, psoriasis, poor circulation, or amyloidosis.

Other Features:

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1. Dark vertical lines can be a sign of dangerous subungual melanoma (skin cancer), requiring immediate medical attention.
2. White stripes (Mees’ lines) often signal protein deficiency or heavy metal poisoning after kidney failure.
3. Red, puffy skin around them may indicate inflammation (paronychia) or connective tissue disorders, such as lupus.

Home Remedy:

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Create a mixture of 4 oz jojoba oil, 4 oz vitamin E oil, 3 oz avocado oil, 2 oz grapeseed oil, and 2 oz sweet almond oil. Apply this blend to your cuticle area, massaging it around. Also, rub any excess oil into your hands. Repeat as desired, especially after contact with water. This remedy hydrates and softens the skin around for improved nail and cuticle health.

*You are advised to see a doctor. The content in this blog is purely informational.

Written by Shko Faraj Agha

Adventures Pharmacist, Tech Influencer, Entrepreneur

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