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Fingernails and Health, The Inside on The Outside

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People don’t normally associate their fingernails and health, but they should. Fingernails have a purpose beyond just sitting on the ends of our fingers as a fashion accessory or a backscratcher.

They can tell a story about our health to people who know how to read the signs our fingernails are displaying. It’s a much larger story than the one our fingernail tells us when it’s been smashed in the door, or hit with a hammer, or suffering the pain of being ingrown. The story is much larger because it goes much deeper and it can tell us what’s happened to us, what’s happening to us now, and what’s going to happen in the future as far as our health goes.

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The colour is important when it comes to fingernails and health. White nails, pale nails, and nails that are half white and half pink all have a tale to tell. White could mean liver disease, pale or white could mean your anaemic, and the half white/half pink could indicate a problem with your kidneys. Yellow nails could be more than just nicotine from your cigarettes, if they are also thick and don’t grow very fast it could mean you have a lung disease. Or it could be something as simple as a fungus infection.

A yellow looking nail with pink at the base may be an indication you’re diabetic. If the beds of your fingernails are red, you might want to get checked for heart disease. White spots on fingernails can be indicative of a vitamin deficiency of some kind. It doesn’t hurt to be aware of what the colour of your fingernails can mean in regards to your health.

fingernails present besides colourThere are other signs of health related issues fingernails present besides colour when things inside aren’t quite right. If you ever notice your nails seem to be pitting or you feel ripples when you feel the tops of your fingernails either of those signs can mean psoriasis or even inflammatory arthritis.

Ridges can mean you’re not getting enough to eat or you’re not able to absorb nutrients from your food. Dry, brittle nails can mean a thyroid problem and bite or picking off the fingernail could mean obsessive/compulsive tendencies. Excess skin at the tips of your fingers and inverted nails could mean lung disease. Irregular red lines or dark lines under the fingernails can indicate something as sinister as Lupus or Melanoma. No one ever thinks of their fingernail as being a diagnostic tool but it’s actually a pretty good one. Our fingernails and health seem to go hand in hand.

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