Fingernails Reveal Overall Health Status

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 1:15pm
Dawn Scothern / newsletters

We tend to take our fingernails for granted. We certainly don’t pay them much attention as far as our health is concerned. What? Our health? Yes, while we definitely should be working out and watching what we eat, what we should also be doing is making sure that our fingernails are as healthy as can be.

Here are potential signs that you could be experiencing problems with your health, by the color and texture of your fingernails:

·         Fingernails with a hint of blue could indicate that you have a decreased supply of oxygen to your body, or that you’re experiencing problems with your heart or your lungs.

·         In general, healthy nails are smooth without any cracks or ripples. Unfortunately, if you do have ripples on your nails, this could be a symptom of either psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. The color of the fingernails will most likely remain the same but the skin below the nails may change color slightly.

·         Cracked nails could be a sign that you have developed a fungal infection or that you have a form of Thyroid disease.

·         Dark lines on the nails: This is probably one of the more serious and unnerving fingernail-related symptoms. It could indicate that you are suffering from Melanoma, the most fatal form of skin cancer. You should immediately book an appointment with your doctor if you detect this on your own nails.

·         Yellowing of the nails is not hugely uncommon.  However, if you have detected this change, you should pay close attention. In some cases, this is caused by lung disease, thyroid disease or psoriasis.

·          Excessive nail biting:  Excessive nail-biting often stems from deep-seated issues with anxiety. When you feel nervous or afraid of something, being able to occupy yourself by biting on your nails may seem like a way of soothing your anxiety. It’s a psychological issue that could be resolved.

·         White fingernails:  Nails that are chalk white are not necessarily healthy so if you notice them turning whiter, this could potentially be a cause for concern. It could indicate that you are experiencing health problems connected with your liver. White nails tend to be early signs of Hepatitis or Jaundice.

·         Very pale nails: Unless your nails have always been very pale in color, this could be a cause for concern. And that’s because generally healthy nails have some color to them. If your nails seem alarmingly pale, this could potentially mean you have problems with your liver or that you’re suffering from anemia.

·         Puffiness around the nails: If the skin underneath your nails seems puffier than usual, this could be a sign that you are suffering from lupus.

If you notice any of these things you should consult with your doctor as soon as possible