Nail diseases and disorders

Check your health with your fingernails!


10 nail symptoms and messages to your health

1. Yellow nails

As you age or use acrylic nails or nail polish frequently, your nails may look yellow. Also, smoking can give your nails a yellowish tint. If your nails are thick, brittle, and yellow at the same time, a fungal infection could be the cause.

Although little rare, yellow nails may be associated with thyroid disease, diabetes, psoriasis, or respiratory problems (such as chronic bronchitis).

2. Dry, cracked, and brittle nails

If your hands/nails come into contact with water (washing dishes, swimming, etc.) It dries out, cracks and breaks. 
Also, if your nails are cracked or cracked, a fungal infection or thyroid disease (especially hypothyroidism) may be the cause. Fragile nails can be caused by a deficiency of vitamins A and C or vitamin B biotin.

3. Clubbing

Clubbing is a phenomenon in which the fingertips become larger and the nails curl down. This symptom may be a sign of a lack of oxygen in the blood and is associated with lung disease. Clubbing may also be associated with liver and kidney disease, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease and AIDS.

4. White spots

Small white spots on the nail usually occur when the nail has been traumatized. Trauma spots are not a problem, they fade or disappear as they grow. White spots that do not disappear, which rarely occur, maybe due to a fungal infection.

5. Horizontal ridge

Horizontal bumps can be caused by trauma or a serious illness with high fever (such as scarlet fever or pneumonia). As John Anthony, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, explained:

Horizontal bumps, also called Beau's lines, can be caused by psoriasis, unmanaged diabetes, circulatory problems, or severe zinc deficiency. Another type of horizontal line, known as the Mees' line, is horizontal discoloration from arsenic poisoning, Hodgkin's disease, malaria, leprosy, or carbon monoxide poisoning.

6. Vertical bumps

Vertical bumps are usually a normal sign of aging and are not of concern. It may become more pronounced as you age. In some cases, nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin B12 and magnesium, can cause nail bumps.

7. Spoon shaped nails

Spoon-shaped nails with the tip of the nail curved upward may be a sign of anemia, hemochromatosis (excessive iron absorption), heart disease, or hypothyroidism caused by iron deficiency.

9. Dark discoloration

If you experience black streaks or growth pain on your nails, it is a good idea to see your doctor right away. This is because melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer, is likely.

10. White nails with a pink sash

If your nails are white and have a narrow pink line at the top (called Terry's Nails), you should suspect signs of liver disease, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, or diabetes. Sometimes aging can cause Terry's nails.

   A healthy diet leads to healthy nails   

If you eat a balanced, whole food-oriented diet, as described in my Nutrition Plan (now available in English only), you will get enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs. If not (which applies to the vast majority of the U.S. population), your body is most likely to lack important nutrients. Not only can this lead to chronic diseases, it also affects the health of your nails (and hair and skin)

A healthy source of protein is important, such as whey (milk minus fat and protein) protein, open-fed eggs, and grass-fed meat (grass-fed beef also contains the zinc needed to make the protein found in nails). It is a good source). Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals found in leafy vegetables, strawberries, and other whole foods are also beneficial for nail health. One example is biotin and vitamin B7.


Biotin is needed by the body to metabolize fats, carbohydrates and amino acids, but is also known for its role in strengthening hair and nails.

Biotin plays an important role in the formation of keratin that makes up the nails. Egg yolk from open-breed organic eggs is one of the best sources of biotin. Animal omega-3 fats are also important.

Most people eat too much inflammatory omega-6 fats (such as vegetable oils) and consume too little anti-inflammatory omega-3s, resulting in health problems such as depression, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes (this also mentions only a few). Create conditions that will occur). Inflammation can also interfere with nail growth.

The ideal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fats is 1:1, but the usual Western diet is 1:20 and 1:50. Fragile or fragile nails are a common sign that your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is out of balance. Reduce vegetable oil and eat more animal-based omega-3s from krill oil, sardines, or anchovies.

Simple nail care tips 

While it is also important to grow the inside of your nails through the proper diet described above, you should not overexpose your nails to water or chemicals.

For example, cotton-treated rubber gloves are useful when cooking, and we recommend minimizing (or stopping) the use of nail polishes, nail polish removers, and artificial nails. A simple buffing (polishing) gives the nails a soft and smooth shine without using a manicure. An additional advantage of buffing is that it increases circulation, which makes the nails stronger and longer. Plus, you don't have to worry about shattered nail polish.

It's a good idea to keep your nails relatively short using manicure scissors or nail clippers. According to the AAD, cutting your nails straight and keeping the center round will help strengthen your nails. 

Applying a moisturizer to your nails can help, so it's a good idea to rub coconut oil on your nails often (as you would apply to your skin). Cuticles can damage the bottom of the nail (cuticles on the root of the nail), so don't smear them. Nail hangnails should not be peeled off but cut off to avoid damage to tissue.

Finally, when you feel unusual or uncomfortable nail symptoms, it's important to consult a healthcare professional and determine what the underlying problem is, rather than simply trying to cover the problem with artificial nails or manicures or pedicures

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