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10 Things Your Nails Can Reveal About Your Health

10 Things Your Nails Can Reveal About Your Health

Although they are considered an aesthetic feature, nails are more than just a platform for color and art. Their color, shape and texture can be an indication of serious health problems including cancer! According to the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), every kind of change on our nails indicates our overall state of health. The changes may be a symptom of heart, lung, liver and kidney disease, as well as diabetes, anemia or cancer.
Our nails grow by 3.5 millimeters a month, although the exact growth rate is affected by our diet, physical trauma, the aging process or some medications. Any kind of changes on the nails such as clubbing, discoloration or loss of shape may indicate an underlying problem in the body. Here are the ten nail symptoms that are a sign of some kind of ailment:
Dry, cracked and brittle nails
Although there are different factors which may make your nails dry or cracked, it can also be caused by fungal infections or thyroid disorders. Brittle nails are also caused by some nutritional deficiencies.
Yellow nails
The nails may turn yellow as we age, but smoking can also leave a yellowish trace. If your nails are thickened, yellow and crumbly, it is most likely caused by a fungal infection. Sometimes, yellow nails are caused by diabetes, psoriasis, thyroid disease or some respiratory conditions such as asthma.
White spots on the nails
White spots on the nails usually appear due to physical trauma. They usually disappear on their own and are no cause for concern. Sometimes, however, white spots on the nails are a sign of a fungal infection.
Clubbing
Do you know what clubbing is? It’s a problem which causes the nails to curve downward, which is probably related to low oxygen levels or lung disease. Some experts associate clubbing with AIDS, liver, heart or kidney disease.

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