The shape, colour and even the texture of your nails could provide a story about ones health. While some are common and harmless, certain unique characteristics could even be signs of heart and lung diseases.
So before you get yourself manicured, check out these facts and get your SELF cured!
The most common indication, affecting almost all persons. They are usually a result of nail trauma and will wearr out with the growth of the nail. However, spots that do not fade or grow out may be due to fungal infections that should be medically treated.
On most occasions, nails could yellow due to excessive use of nail varnish or acrylic nails. Smoking also leads to yellowish stain on fingers. If your nails are yellow and crumbly, it could be due to a fungal infection
Yellow nails could be an indication of thyroid, diabetes, even psoriasis.
DRY AND BRITTLE NAILS
People who tend to wash clothes by hand, are exposed to chemicals such as cleaning products and use nail polish remover excessively could be prone to dry, brittle nails.
Dryness and brittle texture of nails could be an indication of fungal infection or hyperthyroidism. It is also brought about when deficiencies in vitamins A, C and B biotin is lacking.
Clubbing of nails occur when the fingertips enlarge and the nail curves and grows downwards. It could be a sign of oxygen deficiency and lung problems.
Clubbing is also related to kidney disease, heart disease and even AIDS
Black streaks or painful growths should be a red flag to get a specialist inspection, as they could be caused by Melanoma, otherwise known as skin cancer.