9 Ways Your Fingernail Indicates Your Health Problems
Out bodies produce outward clues when we are ill. You may want to take a trip to the doctor if you notice any of the following nail abnormalities:
1. Pale Nails
Pale nail beds may mean that you are suffering from malnutrition or early congestive heart failure. Your nails may be pale due to a lack of blood flow to the area. This lack of blood flow can mean that you have developed diabetes. Dr Rekha K. Agarwal, MD. specializes in diabetes mellitus, and she believes that early detection can help a patient control his or her diabetes.
If it looks like you are wearing white nail polish, you may be suffering from severe anemia. This can be result of an iron deficiency or internal bleeding. The December 2015 issue of Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published the results of a large-scale German study which found that people with chronic anemia are at a higher risk of developing a cognitive impairment.
3. Yellow Nails
Yellow nails can be a symptom of a fungal infection known as Candidal paronychia. If yellow nails are left untreated, the nail and the nail bed will eventually crumble. Yellow nails may also be a symptom of thyroid disease, and a 2011 study published in The Canadian Respiratory Journal linked yellow nails to edema and chronic cough.
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4. Bluish Nails
Bluish nails are a sign that you your body is not receiving an adequate amount of oxygen. Dr. Andrew Weil, an American physician and author, explains that in some cases, blue nails may also be a symptom of Raynaud’s disease. Those with Reynaud’s disease experience painful nerve spasms.
5. Rippled Nails