• 11 Signs Your Fingernails May Be Telling You About Your Health

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    Who would of thought that your fingernail can reveal clues to your overall health?  If your fingernails aren't healthy that can be a sure tell sign that something isn't quite right in your body.  Read the article below to learn all about your nails and what they should look like.

    You may not look very often on your fingernails, but did you know that your fingernails can tell you a lot about your health? Did you know there are hundreds of medical conditions and diseases that may cause nail changes? Your nails can show the history of recent health and physiological problems, and has been used as a diagnostic tool since ancient times. Sometimes it might be a fungal infection or injury, but your fingernails can sometimes indicate a more serious underlying problem, such as problem in the liver, lungs or heart.

    When the nails are healthy, they have a pink color and the moons near the nail base are light pink to white color. Healthy nails are smooth, without ridges, grooves, spots or discoloration.

    But what happens if you see that your nails have changed in color, shape, texture, thickness or any other unusual growth pattern, and you don’t know the reason for that? Well, maybe it’s time to visit your GP.

    Here you will learn how to read the signs on your nails and discover the secrets they tell you about your overall health:

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    1. Brittle or crumbly nails

    Brittle or crumbly nail can be a result of aging or a long exposure to detergents or nail polish, but sometimes it can indicate a fungal nail infection, Lichen planus (a condition that forms an itchy rash on the skin or in the mouth), thyroid disease or psoriasis. In rare cases it can also may be an indication of a Reactive arthritis which is a painful form of inflammatory arthritis.

    2. Discolored nails

    Yellow nails – can occur due to a long use of nail varnish, but can indicate fungal nail infection or psoriasis. It can also indicate several other ailments, such as: jaundice due to liver problem, sinus infection, a problem with the thyroid gland, lung infection and lymphedema (fluid retention that generally occurs in arms or legs).

    Green-black nails – indicate bacterial infection that usually occurs under loose nails.

    Bluish or purple fingernail beds may indicate oxygen deprivation.

    Grey nails – can be caused by certain medications.

    Brown nails – can indicate a thyroid disease or malnutrition. Fingernails that are half white at the bottom and half brown near the tips can be a sign of kidney failure, AIDS or appear after chemotherapy.

    White nails – might be a sign of aging, fungal nail infection or iron deficiency (anemia), as well as other range of ailments, such as: cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), kidney or heart failure, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, malnutrition or after chemotherapy.

    3. Thickened nails

    Commonly caused a fungal nail infection, but can also result from psoriasis and reactive arthritis (a painful form of inflammatory arthritis). Yellowish, thickened, slow-growing nails can also indicate lung diseases.

    4. Loose nails

    When the fingernails become loose and can separate from the nail bed, it may indicate an injury or infection, as well as thyroid disease, psoriasis, poor circulation or allergic reaction to medicine.

    5. Spoon-shaped nails (koilonychia)

    When your finger nails curve inwards and look scooped out, it may indicate iron-deficiency (anemia), hemachromatosis (liver condition which results in iron overlaod), Raynaud’s disease (that affects the blood supply to the fingers and toes), heart disease and hypothyroidism.

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