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What Your Nails Say About Your Health

October 23, 2019

Hello everyone. Nails are often regarded as a purely aesthetic
feature, and the $768 million spent annually on nail polish (in the U.S. alone) can attest
to that. Yet, your nails are far more than a platform
for bright colors and nail art. The shape, texture, and color of your natural
nails act as a window into your body, and while some nail symptoms are harmless, others
can be indicative of chronic diseases, including cancer. Even the growth rate of your nails may give
clues about your underlying health. Healthy nails grow, on average 3.5 millimeters
(mm) a month, but this is influenced by your nutritional status, medications, trauma, chronic
disease, and the aging process itself. If you notice any significant changes in your
nails, including swelling, discolorations, or changes in shape or thickness, see a dermatologist
right away. It could be nothing, or it could be due to
an underlying condition (for instance, nail problems are more common in people with diabetes). In this video, we are going to look at the
nail symptoms you might experience in your lifetime and what they mean for your health. Yellow nails. Your nails may yellow with age or due to the
use of acrylic nails or nail polish. Smoking can also stain nails a yellowish hue. If your nails are thick, crumbly, and yellow,
a fungal infection could be to blame. Less often, yellow nails may be related to
thyroid disease, diabetes, psoriasis, or respiratory disease (such as chronic bronchitis). Dry, cracked, or brittle nails. Lifestyle factors may play a role here, such
as if you have your hands in water a lot, like washing dishes, swimming,
use nail polish remover frequently, are exposed to chemicals such as cleaning products often,
or live in a region with low humidity. Cracking and splitting can also be caused
by a fungal infection or thyroid disease, particularly hypothyroidism. Brittle nails may also be due to a deficiency
in vitamins A and C or the B vitamin biotin. Clubbing. Clubbing describes when your fingertips become
enlarged and the nail becomes curved downward. It can be a sign of low oxygen in your blood
and is associated with lung disease. Clubbing can also be related to liver or kidney
disease, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and AIDS. White spots. Small white spots on your nails are usually
the result of nail trauma. They’re not cause for concern and will fade
or grow out on their own. Less commonly, white spots that do not go
away could be due to a fungal infection. Horizontal ridges. Horizontal ridges may also be due to trauma
or a serious illness with a high fever. Also known as Beau’s lines, Horizontal ridges
may also be due to psoriasis, uncontrolled diabetes, circulatory disease, or severe zinc
deficiency. Another type of horizontal line is known as
Mees’ lines, which are horizontal discolorations that may be due to arsenic poisoning, Hodgkin’s
disease, malaria, leprosy, or carbon monoxide poisoning. Vertical ridges. Vertical ridges are typically a normal sign
of aging and are not a cause for concern. They may become more prominent as you get
older. In some cases, nail ridges may be due to nutrient
deficiencies, including vitamin B12 and magnesium. Spoon nails. Spoon nails (koilonychia) are soft nails that
look scooped out. The depression usually is large enough to
hold a drop of liquid. Often, spoon nails are a sign of iron deficiency
anemia or a liver condition known as hemochromatosis, in which your body absorbs too much iron from
the food you eat. Spoon nails can also be associated with heart
disease and hypothyroidism. Pitting. If your nails have multiple pits or dents,
it’s often a sign of psoriasis. Nail pitting may also be due to connective
tissue disorders (including Reiter’s syndrome) or alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease
that causes hair loss. Dark discolorations. Black streaks or painful growths on your nail
warrant an immediate trip to your physician, as they may be due to melanoma, the deadliest
form of skin cancer. Nail separation. With a condition known as onycholysis, the
fingernails become loose and can separate from the nail bed. The separated part of the nail becomes opaque
with a white, yellow or green tinge. Sometimes detached nails are associated with
injury or infection. In other cases, nail separation is a reaction
to a particular consumer product, such as nail hardeners or adhesives. Thyroid disease and psoriasis, a condition
characterized by scaly patches on the skin, also can cause nail separation. White nails with a strip of pink. If your nails are mostly white with a narrow
pink strip at the top, the condition is known as Terry’s nails, and it could be a sign of
liver disease, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, or diabetes. Sometimes, Terry’s nails may also be due to

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  1. my nails don't look like any of them nails. My real nails look like I get them don't but I don't I just leave them alone till try get to long and chip then I cut them all off to be the same length.

  2. Wait wait wait….how can SPOON NAILS be caused by an Iron DEFICIENCY and from absorbing TOO MUCH Iron??? πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

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