Eyes may be the window to the soul, but did you know that your nails give important clues to the status of your overall health? Yes, we all spend a lot of
time trimming, shaping, buffing and painting our nails. However, looking at them barely sometimes can help a lot. Know what your fingernails say about your
- White lines: Horizontal white bands that appear usually on more than just one fingernail, are known as Muehrcke’s lines. These
lines run parallel to the nail base and are associated with an underlying disease in your liver or kidney.
- Nail Clubbing: Nails usually curve slightly upward from the nail bed. Nails that curve downward are known as clubbed nails. You can
also test this by joining two same fingernails of opposite hands. Normally, there is a diamond shaped gap when you join two fingernails of opposite hands.
In clubbed nails this gap will be absent. Clubbed nails are the most important reflection of anaemia. This can be associated with a lung or heart disease.
- Spoon nails: Spoon shaped nails are known as koilonychias. Such nails are abnormally thin, flat and concave enough to hold a
drop of water. This condition is associated with Iron deficiency in the body.
- Splitting and cracking nails: Splitting, cracking or peeling is a signal of nutritional deficiency in the body. It could also be due to
a thyroid disorder or psoriasis. If you find that your nails are brittle or split or crack easily and often, talk to your doctor about possible health
- Yellow nails: Nails that crumble and break or turn yellow point to a fungal infection. Some fungal infections might also cause small
pits in the nails. Similarly, if you have a bluish discoloration, it could be a respiratory or blood disorder.
Appearance of these signs on the nails is just a warning. Talk to your doctor about these changes to know the exact cause and its treatment.