What do your nails tell about your health?

You have fragile nails; some white spots have emerged on your nails, they are yellow or too curved – find out what your body is trying to tell you about your health status.

What do your nails tell about your health

1. Vertical lines of nails are relatively frequent, and you have nothing to worry about. Nail cutting with scissors may also lead to nail injury. It’s recommended to shorten or straighten your nails with a file.

2. Frequent and “aggressive” removal of the cuticle may lead to the emergence of “white spots”. White spots may, however, reflect the existence of a mycotic infection (fungus), a bacterial infection, eczema, kidney, or liver disorder. Vitamin E, sufficient hydration, diet rich in zinc, vitamin B, and vitamin C (fruit and vegetables) help reduce white spots.

3. Lamellar exfoliation of nails is called onicoschizis; it often occurs as a result of nail trauma, and namely frequent nails moistening and drying, repeated exposure to chemicals (e.g. detergents, acetone, or nail varnish). Insufficient intake of vitamins and minerals through a deficient absorption or as a result of drastic food diets can lead to onicoschizis. Nails that are exfoliating may indicate selenium intoxication – symptoms include depression, nervousness, nausea, and possibly vomiting.

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4. The fragility of the nails may be a sign of endocrine disorders (e.g. hypothyroidism) of Raynaud disease or dermatological disorders. Psoriasis and alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease characterized by hair loss) is characterized by the emergence of small depressions (holes) in the nail.

5. The emergence of a large depression on your nails may be a sign of anaemia on the base of iron deficiency, liver disease affecting the absorption of iron, heart disease, or hypothyroidism.

6. Exaggerated curvature of the nail can be a sign of a lung disease that leads to a decrease in blood oxygen level, cardiovascular disease, liver or an inflammatory bowel disease.

7. Depressions in the form of some horizontal lines may signify the existence of diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or zinc deficiency.

8. “Yellow” nails are often a sign of lung diseases, such as chronic bronchitis in smokers.

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