You can know a lot about your health from the color and texture of your nails. The changing colors of nails tell what diseases your body is battling from inside. By taking care of your nails, you can avoid any kind of serious disease. Let us know which symptoms related to nails should not be ignored.
Broken nails- Brittle nails means that the frequent breakage of nails tells how weak your nails have become. This condition of the nails indicates that your body lacks essential nutrients. When nails break diagonally, it is called onychoschizia. On the other hand, when nails break in the same direction as they grow, it is called onychorhexis.
Faded nails- Lightening of the nail color is a normal sign of ageing. Most people over the age of 60 have light colored nails. However, in some cases, discolored nails also indicate some disease. Such as lack of blood in the body, malnutrition, liver disease or heart failure. If you are experiencing some other symptoms along with the loss of nail color, then definitely contact your doctor.
White nails- Sometimes our nails turn white due to injury but if all your nails are gradually turning white, then you should talk to the doctor about it. When a pink line appears at the end of a white nail, it is called a terry nail. Such nails indicate diseases like liver disease, chronic kidney disease and congestive heart failure.
Yellow nails- Yellow nails are mostly due to fungal infection. Such nails indicate psoriasis, thyroid and diabetes. A rare disease called Yellow Nail Syndrome (YNS) is found in people who have a problem related to the lungs or whose hands and feet are often swollen. However, with the help of vitamin E, this disease often goes away.
Blue nails- There can be many reasons for the nails turning blue. It is also called blue pigmentation nails. Usually this happens due to excessive exposure to silver. Medicines used to treat malaria, heart rate control drugs and liver medications can also cause blue pigmentation. The nails of HIV patients also turn blue.
Psoriasis: Having small pits or sunken marks on the nails is a sign of psoriasis disease. It is usually seen on the nails of patients with dermatitis. It is a skin disease in which skin rashes are accompanied by severe itching, burning and swelling.
Dark lines under the nails– There can be many reasons for having dark brown/black lines under the nails. This can be a symptom of skin cancer but it is necessary to do a biopsy to check it. These small symptoms related to nails tell about many diseases. Therefore they should not be ignored.