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What Your Nails Say About Your Health

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You may not be aware of this but the color, shape and size of your nails provide valuable information about your health. When medical professionals examine your fingernails, they are looking for signs of illness. In the interests of protecting your own health, it would be a good idea to listen to your body and pay attention to what it is telling you because it could very well save your life.


Health Problems Revealed Through The Nails

The human nail is composed of a protein known as keratin which acts to provide protection and sensory information related to touch. When the body suffers injury or illness, the nail maybe among the first tell-tale signs of trouble. Below is a table listing of nail appearance and their association with common illnesses.

Nail Appearance                                      Medical Condition

White Nails                                                 Liver Disease

Thick, Yellowish nails                               Emphysema

Opaque Nails with Dark Bands              Diabetes

Red Nails                                                    Cardiovascular Disease

Half White, Half Pink Nails                       Kidney Disease

Spoon Nails                                                Iron Anemia Deficiency

Enlarged, Clubbed Nails                         Liver and Heart Disease

 Nail Depressions                                     Psoriasis


If you notice any changes in the appearance of your nails, bring it to the attention of your doctor. The doctor can perform an examination to determine whether or not you have developed a condition that requires medical intervention. Although it's important to bear in mind that nails can change appearance for a number of reasons, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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