Can Nails determine your health? 5 Abnormalities you shouldn’t ignore

Did you know? Your nails are a reflection of your internal health condition. The different structures, colours, and qualities of nails, often determine an individual’s health and the prevalent illnesses, deficiencies and other risk factors, if any. So, watch out for these five abnormalities that you might be ignoring.

Pale and yellow nails

Thick, pale and yellow nails are an indicator of poor health. Yellowing nails may be an early sign of hypothyroidism, fungal or lung infections, liver disease, anaemia and psoriasis. So, if you notice a sudden yellowing, you must consult your doctor at the earliest.

Spoon-shaped concave nails

Iron deficiency and liver disease- hemochromatosis, are known to cause nails to concave. Taking a spoon-like shape, your nails may become deep enough to fit a water droplet. The condition is referred to as koilonychia and occurs when the body is highly iron deficient. Concaving of the nails can also be a sign of congestive heart disease and hypothyroidism that requires immediate medical attention.

Dented nails

If your nails have multiple pits or dents, it's often a sign of psoriasis or connective tissue disorders, alopecia and eczema. So, if you are experiencing a patchy, scaling of the skin which, bleeds often, you should get tested for psoriasis.

Bluish nails

Your nails may turn blue due to a prevalent oxygen deprivation, which may be an early sign of peripheral cyanosis, asthma, COPD, anaemia. An excessive exposure to cold weather, high altitudes, disease, or shock can also be the cause of severe nail damage and discoloration.

White nails with pink strips

Ageing, liver disease, congestive heart disease, kidney failure, or diabetes may be the reason behind the appearance of pinkish stripes on your nails. Also known as Terry’s nails, striped nails may also indicate a certain kind of nail cancer.

Early detection and diagnosis can greatly help in the reduction of severity of the disease and help you pave a healthier life ahead.