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What The State Of Your Nails Say About Your Health

They say the eyes is the window to the soul but do you know that your nails can give you a glimpse of your overall wealth. Everybody wants a strong healthy nail and trust me when I say, a strong healthy nails isn’t just good for your manicure but its also good for your overall and general health.

Here 6 things your nails can tell you about your health;

1. Yellow Nails

Many times this happens due to acrylic nails or nail lacquers (polish), so if you paint your nails a lot and thus you have this problem them try giving your nail a break. Nail polish isn’t the only problem, naturally your nail begins to turn yellow with age, but it could also be because of smoking which stains the nails and gives it a yellowish hue.

2. Dry, Cracked or Brittle Nail

Soft and brittle nails happens as a result of dryness on the nail plate, it could also happen as a result of swimming, nail polish remover over-use, usage of cleaning products or living in a low-humidity environment. Other causes include aging or sometimes hypothyroidism which is a condition where the thyroid work too slowly, this is a side effect.

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3. Clubbing and White Spots

Clubbing of nails is when the ends of your finger swell and the nail becomes rounded and curved- this can sometimes be a sign of a kidney or liver disease. If you are experiencing this please speak to a doctor ASAP.

White spots on the the hand isn’t an indication of calcium deficiency as many believe. Mostly it is as a result of a mild trauma e.g when you whack your hand against something.

4. Horizontal Ridges and Vertical Ridges

It comes about as a direct trauma to the nail or a more serious illness in which case it appears on more than one nail at a time. It can also come about as a result of drug reaction.

Vertical Ridges however is a sign of aging and it appears just like the wrinkles on your face.

5. “Spoon” Nails and Pitting

This refers to a thin nail that is concave in shape; it comes about as a result of iron deficiency anemia (see your doctor if you are experiencing this). Extremely pale nails can also be a sign of iron deficiency anemia.

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On the other hand if your nail is covered with pits and dents then this could be a sign that you have psoriasis.

6. Dark stripes or Painful Growth

If you see dark stripes or discoloration please see your doctor although its not common with blacks but it usually shows when the disease is present. Melanoma that comes from the nail unit is a serious thing so do not hesitate to see a doctor.

These are what the state of your nails say about your health…

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