8 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health


Nails are not just to wear a nice manicure. Your appearance can tell you more than you think about your health. A healthy nail is pink and has a white crescent at the base. It is strong and does not break easily. To discover if your nails want to tell you something about your health, take note of these 8 points that will help you interpret the changes and the appearance of your nails.

1.White Spots on Nail:

White Nail

The typical white spots in the shape of small little clouds that we have in the nails are harmless. The problem is if these spots are on the skin under the nail.

Which indicates?

It can be a sign of various disorders, such as heart failure or diabetes. Make sure to make sure of the location, press on the nail. If the stains or pallor of the nail disappear, this means that the stain is not on the nail but underneath.

What is the solution?

In this case you should consult your dermatologist.

2.Ridged Nails:

Ridged Nail

Horizontal Ridged Nail

Streaks may appear on your nails, elongated grooves, like small vertical or transverse channels. In addition to being easily visible, you will notice that the surface of your nails becomes rough.

What does it mean?

If they are regular and not very pronounced, they are probably due to a blow or to the pressure exerted by a cyst or wart. When they are more pronounced, vertical and irregular they could alert on arthritis or cardiovascular problems. If they are cross-sectional they can indicate lack of vitamins, an adverse reaction to some medicine, or if you have had a serious illness it can indicate the moment in which the nail stopped growing temporarily.

What is the solution?

Go to the doctor, and if he detects any nutritional deficiency or illness, he will indicate the appropriate treatment.

3.Yellow Nails:

Yellow Nail

It may be due to fungal infection, although if they turn yellow, thin and grow slowly, there may be a hidden problem.

What can you indicate?

Fungal infection, lymphatic problems or lung disorders, thyroid conditions, in rare situations, it can indicate the presence of skin cancer

How to prevent it?

Avoid fungi by protecting your hands from the water with cotton gloves when doing housework. Also, apply an anti-fungal treatment (anti-fungal).

4.Spoon Nails:

Spoon Nail

Sometimes the nail becomes too thin and sinks into a concave shape, like the hollow of a spoon. It usually happens mostly in the thumbs.

What can it mean?

Most likely, your nails are warning you that you have iron deficiency anemia, that is, you lack iron.

What can you do?

The solution is to treat anemia with iron supplements that the doctor will prescribe if this is your case. You should also accompany the treatment with a diet rich in iron, which you will find red meats, vegetables and green leafy vegetables among others.

5.Blue Nails:

Blue Nail

Sometimes nails can turn blue or purple without causing a bruise caused by a blow.

What can it mean?

If you have not hit yourself, it can mean low levels of oxygen in the blood and, in general, bad circulation due to heart or respiratory problems.

What to do?

Ask for an appointment with your family doctor so you can specify more the origin of this color.

6.Black Line in Nails:

Black line on Nail

A black band on the nail can be a simple bruise, although if you have not hit anything it could be something serious.

What can you indicate?

You could be facing a malignant melanoma of the nail. Most often it affects the thumb of the hand or foot.

How to prevent it?

Go to your doctor. Do not delay the visit to the dermatologist before the minimum doubt of the origin of this spot.

7. Onychomadesis:


The most normal thing is that the detachment is produced by a blow, because the finger has been stuck in a door, or even by repeatedly pressing on the end of the nail. If you are injured, you are more likely to become infected with fungi or bacteria that will change their color.

Which indicates?

Fungal infection or Psoriasis on the nails. It may also be that your thyroid is not working well.

How to prevent it?

Visit your doctor. The treatment consists of cutting the nail to the point where it is attached and applying the medication prescribed by the doctor.

8.Brittle Nails:

Brittle Nails

Brittle nails may be due to external factors, such as using cleaning products without protecting hands, using poor quality cosmetics or abusing nail polish removers. Having your nails for many hours under water also weakens them and exposes them to the appearance of fungi.

What can you indicate?

It is important to see a dermatologist, because the causes can be many: anemia due to a lack of iron, vitamin deficits, hormonal or vascular problems…

How to prevent it?

Check your diet, go to the doctor to get analytical, use quality cosmetics and protect your hands with gloves when you do household chores.

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