We spend a lot of time and effort on getting an immaculate manicure, trying to make sure our nails look perfect. Indeed, there are few things that can so easily make us, women, so relaxed and uplifted as getting our nails done. It is one of the most available and simple joys that we can afford. However, paying attention to what our nails look like without the polish is important in order not to miss any warning sings our body might send us. Spots, stripes and changing colors could be indicatators of something that might be wrong with the organism.
Checking our fingernails for the following abnormalities may help spot some early warning signs.
If the nails are becoming too pale and whitish, it might be a sign of anemia, which means a low level of red blood cells in the blood. In order to avoid this, it’s recommended to consume green leafy veggies, beans and red meat.
Pale nails could also be a sign of early diabetes or liver disease, which can impair the blood flow. If diagnosed in time, diabetes can be controlled with dietary methods, avoiding processed foods, refined sugar and carbs and eating more whole grains, vegetables and fiber. If it’s caused by the liver disease, it’s better to consult a doctor for the more accurate diagnosis.
Dark brown or black vertical lines on the nail should never be ignored, as it might be an early sign of melanoma, which often goes by unnoticed. But in reality, it requires early detection and treatment. Covering nails with any shade of nail polish, except for transparent, is a smart idea in this case, as it creates a barrier from the sun. But examining nails is also necessary, so a good idea would be to take off the nail polish from time to time.
Yellow or thickened nails
They certainly don’t look pretty, and this color can be caused by fungus that usually infects the entire nail bed. Topical remedies are usually of no help, as it is up to the doctor to prescribe an oral medication, able to reach the infected nail from the inside.
Fragile, thin or lifted nails
Easily broken nails might indicate to some problems with the thyroid gland. It regulates metabolism, growth and energy, and too little thyroid hormone results in fragile nails that grow slowly. It also causes the nail plate to separate from the nail bed noticeably. It is a reason to see the physician as soon as possible for a quick blood test, which will help determine if there are any problems with thyroid.
White lines and spots
Horizontal white lines across the entire nail, which may be paired and appear on several nails, could incidate to the problems with kidneys, liver abnormalities or a lack of protein and other nutrients. On the other hand, short horizontal lines or small spots might be simply the results of traumas at the base of the nails. They will eventually disappear on their own.
Pits and grooves
Small cracks in the nails are known as “pitting” of the nail bed and are often a sign of psoriasis. People who suffer from it, might develop clusters of cells along the nail bed that disrupt the smooth growth of a normal nail. A doctor is able to determine this condition based on physical examination, after which topical, oral or injected medications might be recommended
Vertical ridges are usually a sign of ageing and are not a reason for concern. Sometimes, they may be a caused by some nutrients deficiency, including vitamin B12 and magnesium.
Being attentive to our body signals is essential for taking good care of ourselves, and, hopefully, these little tips were helpful in understanding them better.
This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Fabiosa doesn’t take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action, or application of medication, which results from reading or following the information contained in this post. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader should consult with their physician or other health care provider.
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