Nails as health indicators

Nails as health indicators
Nails as health indicators
Posted by: Ria Brillante on July 9, 2013 in Diseases, News Leave a comment

Our nails are the parts of our body that we often ignore. But did you know that the condition of your nails can indicate if you are on a healthy state or not? It is about time that you assess your nails thoroughly because you might be manifesting some unhealthy symptoms through them. Here are some nail conditions and see what these indicate:

1. Beau’s lines

The beau’s lines are nail depressions that appear as lines on your nails. An injury or disrupted nail growth may have caused them but there may also be other underlying conditions with it. The presence of beau’s line may indicate malnutrition such as lack in zinc mineral. It may also be related to certain kinds of infections like mumps and pneumonia.

2. Yellowish discoloration of the nails

If it is just plain yellowish discoloration and the shape and texture of the nails remain as such, it might indicate liver diseases such as hepatitis. Meanwhile, if the nails begin to thicken and form a curvature, it can already indicate a respiratory illness like bronchitis.

3. Pitting of the nails

Pitting of the nails refer to indentations on the nails. This is very common in people with a skin disorder called psoriasis. There are also instances that this symptom may be related to other autoimmune disorders like alopecia areata.

4. Clubbing of the nails

When a person lacks sufficient amount of oxygen in his or her body, the nails tend to club. In the clubbing of the nails, the fingertips form a round shape and enlarge in size. This is a symptom of prolonged oxygen insufficiency specially in cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

There are a myriad of conditions that may be associated with your nails. It will be helpful if you check your nails from time to time, especially if you are experiencing other health concerns. Your nails may be manifesting symptoms that can be correlated and be used to confirm your diagnosis. Remember that every complaint is meaningful in order to achieve accurate diagnoses.