A lot of attention is given to nails. Women cover them with polish, and as a growing fad men are now having manicures, and pedicures to improve the appearance of their nails. However all the attention to nails might be for the wrong reasons.
Women cover them with polish, and as a growing fad men are now having manicures, and pedicures to improve the appearance of their nails. However all the attention to nails might be for the wrong reasons.
White areas, rosy discolorations, rippling or bumps in the nail can all be sings of blood related disease in the body. Nails can indicate liver, lungs, and heart conditions as well. Understanding what health conditions nails could be giving indications to, gives a person the opportunity to seek treatment of those health conditions.
Very pale nails that looked flushed of color can be a sing of conditions like:
• Congestive heart failure
• Liver disease
Nails that are discolored with a mostly white tint and darker rims can indicate liver problems including hepatitis. Jaundiced nails also can be a indicator of liver problems as well.
While yellow coloring of nails is normally caused by nail fungus, more serious conditions could be behind the discoloring in some cases. Thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes, and psoriasis care all conditions that can lead to yellowing of the nails. If other symptoms accompany yellow nails consult a medical physician.
Bluish nails can indicate that the body is not getting sufficient oxygen. This could be a result of serious health conditions like lung problems, and heart conditions.
If nails look rippled or pitted this condition may be a precursor to the skin disease psoriasis or the painful inflammatory arthritis disease. Arthritis is the leading crippling disease in the World and early detections of the disease helps in the management of the disease. Also common with the rippling or pitting is the skin underneath the nails appearing reddish-brown in color.
If the coloring of the nails seems to be fine, but the nails are brittle and have a lot of cracking or splitting frequently this can be a sign of a thyroid condition. If nails frequently crack and split and have a yellow color more than likely a fungal nail infection is the cause.
If the skin around the nail seems puffed up and reddish in color this condition is called inflammation of the nail fold. This condition may be caused by a connective tissue disorder like lupus. Redness and inflammation of the nail fold may also be indicators of an infection.
If dark lines appear beneath the nails consult a physician immediately. This nail condition could be an indicator of the most dangerous type of skin cancer Melanoma. As with all cancers the earlier they are treated the more affective the treatments are.
Habits like biting nails, and picking at them can be signs of anxieties or mental disorders that may need treatment. If the desire to pick or bite at nails seems uncontrollable it could be beneficial to consult a mental health professional.
Changes in nails are a result of several conditions and may not be the first or only sign of the health conditions discussed. Most nail conditions are harmless, however if other symptoms accompany changes in nails it is worth seeking the advise of a health care professional due to the fact that with many of the health conditions discussed, early detection is critical in the treatment or management of the health condition. If you have concerns about the appearance of your nails consult a dermatologist they will be able to access if the changes in the nails are harmless or more medical advice is needed.