People generally assume thick and discolored nails are a sign of poor hygiene and lack of grooming, this can be true. But often times, it goes deeper than that.
What can the condition of your nails tell you about your overall health? Lots, as it turns out! Here’s what to look for the next time you clip your fingernails and toenails.
1. Yellow Nails
Discoloured nails can easily be caused by fungi, or excessive nail polish and nail fixing. However, it can mean other serious health issues.
Trying getting rid of the yellow nails using Peroxide and baking soda. Put a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl and mix with two and a half tablespoon of baking soda. Next, take a cotton swab and cover the entire nail with the paste.
Leave it on for 2-3 minutes, rinse with warm water. Baking soda will exfoliate, while hydrogen peroxide will whiten.
If it persists, talk with your physician just to make sure.
2. Brittle Nails
Brittleness of the nails, meaning that the nails easily become cracked, chipped, split, or peeled, can be observed as a sign of aging or in response to the long-term use of nail polish or exposure to moist conditions (including frequent swimming or dishwashing). If your nails are brittle, give them a break and watch closely if they become stronger and more healthy with time. If not, you need to see a doctor.
3. Darkened Nails
Any changes to your usual nail colouring are also worth noting. Fungal infections are quite common in the toenails and may be the culprit if you observe a yellowish or greenish hue and the nails begin to crumble.
If a nail turns dark, there could be a mole underneath, or you might have bruised the area, but it wouldn’t hurt to make sure melanoma (skin cancer) isn’t the cause. Consult a doctor, who will be able to examine it and prescribe the right medication.
4. Nail Ridges
Nail ridges are parallel lines that run from one side to another on the nail plate. There are two types of nail ridges: vertical and horizontal. Vertical ridges can appear as a sign of aging or nail trauma and their appearance is completely normal and it is not a cause for concern. they can also be caused by serious infections, metabolic disturbances, malnutrition, heart attack, and diabetes.
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned nail problems, take them as clues to your overall health and see a doctor- fast!