Ok, let’s admit it. Nails are the last thing we pay any attention to unless it is time for the next manicure. Have someone ever told you that your nails are actually your health report card?
You may have noticed that many doctors and medical practitioners often check our nails too when we are busy telling them about our health woes. Several studies have proven that the shape, texture and colour of our nails act as a window to our inner health and can signal an underlying health condition.
While some of the abnormalities or scarcity reflected by nails may be harmless, others can indicate serious health conditions and should ring an alarm bell in your ears. Yes, those white spots, discolouring, ridges, brittleness and so on, could mean a lot more than just a missed manicure appointment!
So, have a close look at your nails and rate your health status now:
- Flat or Concave nails indicate anaemia, a condition in which there is a deficiency of red cells or of haemoglobin in the blood, resulting in pallor and weariness.
- Whitish nails where lunula (a small part of the nail which is blue near the nail bed) disappears indicates serious liver conditions such as cirrhosis and Wilson’s disease and needs to be checked with a doctor immediately.
- Clubbing of nails, where nails become club-shaped and fingertips and the nail beds look swollen and extremely convex. Such nails denote various kinds of cardiac, lung, gastrointestinal and thyroid disease. However, it could also be genetic.
- Yellowish nails indicate severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis. They may also be caused due to some local fungal infection.
- Bluish Nails indicate that the body isn’t getting enough oxygen. This could indicate a lung problem, such as emphysema.
- Cracked Or Split Nails have been linked to thyroid disease.
- Dark Lines beneath the nail indicate melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.
- Gnawed nails are signs of persistent anxiety that could benefit from treatment.