ATTENTION: DO NOT IGNORE THESE WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR NAILS ARE TELLING YOU, IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Nails, when decorated with nail polish and nail arts are beautiful and makes any woman gush out with self-confidence. But do you know that your nail’s natural texture, shape, and color tells something about your current health status? Even the natural growth rate of your nails gives clues and signs of underlying health risks. Although nail symptoms are typically harmless, others can be suggestive of chronic ailments, including cancer.
"Nails often reflect our general state of health. Changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems including liver and kidney diseases, heart and lung conditions, anemia, and diabetes."
If ever you notice any significant changes in your nails like discolorations, swelling or change in thickness and shape, visit your dermatologist as soon as possible. Results could be nothing or it could be something that needs immediate medical concern.
Below are 10 nail symptoms and what they mean regarding your current health status.
2.Dry, Cracked or Brittle Nails
Cracking and splitting can also be caused by a fungal infection or thyroid disease, particularly hypothyroidism. Brittle nails may also be due to a deficiency in vitamins A and C or the B vitamin biotin.
"This is typically the result of direct trauma to the nail or a more serious illness, in which case you'll see it on more than one nail at a time … Your body is literally saying, 'I've got better things to do than making nails' and pauses their growth."
Horizontal ridges, also known as Beau's lines, may also be due to psoriasis, uncontrolled diabetes, circulatory disease, or severe zinc deficiency. Another type of horizontal line is known as Mees' lines, which are horizontal discolorations that may be due to arsenic poisoning, Hodgkin's disease, malaria, leprosy, or carbon monoxide poisoning.
10.White Nails with a Strip of Pink