NAILS AND HEALTH CONDITIONS
By: Dr Izzat Husain
Read the Signs
Do you know our nails can reveal clues to our overall health?Changes of colors with nails might be an indication of problems and abnormalities occurring in ourbody.A hint of white, rosy, some rippling or bumps nails may be a sign of disease, such as problems inliver, lungs, and heart. Keep reading to learn what secrets our nails might reveal.
Very pale nails can sometimes be a sign of serious illness, such as:
Congestive heart failure
If the nails are typically white with darker edges, this can indicate liver problems, such as hepatitis.In this image, you can see the fingers are also jaundiced; another sign of liver trouble, not every nailwith white nails has hepatitis. If someone find appearance of white nails must see a dermatologist.
One of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection or an acute jaundice. As infungal infection worsens, the nail bed may retract, and nails may thicken and crumble. In rare cases,yellow nails can indicate a more serious condition such as severe thyroid disease, lung disease,diabetes or psoriasis.
Nails with a bluish tint can mean the body isn't getting adequate oxygen. This could indicate aninfection in the lungs, such as pneumonia. Some heart problems can also be associated with bluishnails.
If the nail surface is rippled or pitted, this may be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatoryarthritis. Discoloration of the nail is very common in such diseases; some time the skin under thenail can appear reddish-brown also.
Cracked or Split Nails
:Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack or split have been linked to thyroid disease. Cracking orsplitting combined with a yellowish hue is more likely due to a fungal infection.