Just like our bodies, sometimes our nails look far better when covered. If you find yours look fantastic with polish, but have significant flaws without the sparkles and polish, you might have a health issue.
If you haven’t seen what your nails look like bare naked, it might be time to remove your nail polish for a few days and see.
Your nails reveal a great deal about what’s going on in your body and could provide information that might help you live healthier.
Whether it’s from stress, malnutrition, disease, functional disorder or even infection, your nails can be a window into your health. Looking at the nail bed first can give you lots of information.
If your nail bed has spots or discoloration, you may be facing a health issue you didn’t know you had. There should be no ridges in the nail bed or grooves either.
The bed should be flesh toned, as well. Any deviation from normal or imperfection can indicate you have a health issue that needs addressing.
While you typically show signs of illness before your nails show signs of changing, they can help you become more aware of other symptoms or be a clue to help diagnose a problem.
Look over your entire nail and see if you have any issues listed below. Your nails can be the key to unlocking not only the secrets to your physical health, but they can also let you know when it’s time to relax more and learn to deal with stress more effectively.
I’ve composed a list of several imperfections you may find and what these may tell you about your health.
① What Color Are Your Nails? Nail Color Tells a Lot about Your Health.
Nails should be a healthy light pink tone, but if they’re a different color, it can indicate you have a health issue. The color of your nails shows the potential health problem you may face.
If Your Nails Are Yellowish:
Yellowing nails may be a simple as wearing darker nail polish for too long or from nicotine stains if you smoke. However, if you leave off your nail polish for a few days and all your nails have a yellow tint, it may be an indication you have a problem. Yellow nails can indicate psoriasis, as well as a fungal disease of the nail.
The yellowing may also be indicative of a liver disease causing jaundice, a thyroid malfunction, diabetes, respiratory disorder or fluid retention in the arms or legs called lymphedema.
If you notice the nails are thickened and grow slowly it can be from yellow nail syndrome. In which case, you’d also notice the nail detaching from the nail bed and a lack of cuticle.
A dermatologist can be helpful for these problems. Make sure you go without nail polish for a few days before you schedule your appointment. The yellowing can come from wearing dark polish for too long and will go away after a while.
Kidney disease, liver disease and heavy metal deposits in your body, silver in particular, can also create blackish green nails. Bacterial infections are a cause of green to green-black nails as well.
It also can come from a constriction of the blood vessels from the cold. If this is the case, warming is all that’s necessary.
If the condition persists and warming doesn’t help your nails to return to a pink rosy tone, see your doctor for further investigation.
Some medications can cause this type of discoloration. Lack of certain nutrients can also be one reason for graying nails.
However, if the nails are pitted with brown spots, it can come from psoriasis. Brown on the top half of the nails can occur after chemotherapy or may be an indication of AIDS or kidney failure.
Exposing your hands to strong chemicals, lack of adequate nutrition, having them in water a lot or exposing them to cold, dry air can affect that and cause the bonding to break or be weaker.
That breaking of the bond or inability to create a bond causes peeling nails.
It allows the nail plate to dry and crack. While this condition can come from a medical condition, hypothyroidism or low functioning thyroid, it also can come from a diet that’s low in iron.
However, aging changes all that, making nail ridges far more noticeable. Stress can also cause the nails to have ridges so learn ways of relaxing, such as exercise, yoga, deep breathing exercises and meditation.
This can be an indication of a deficiency in iron or be caused by trauma to the nail.
Whenever you notice your nails looking different, whether it’s the color, shape or strength, it can be saying something about your health. There are many other changes in nails that help doctors diagnose serious and not so serious conditions.
While some of these changes to your nails may be from severe conditions, in most cases, it may be from nutritional problems or nail abuse.
Make sure you have a well-balanced diet, use household gloves when you’re working with harsh cleaning chemicals or will have your hands submerged in water and moisturize frequently.
Taking a break from nail polish occasionally can be healthy for your nails and also give you valuable information about your health.
Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.
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