If you’ve ever wondered what your nails can tell about your health, it’s time to find out. Nails are a great way to look at your overall health and help prevent some major issues in the future. Here are 10 signs that your nails could be a sign of something more serious than just nail polish chipping:
1. Pale, White Nails
- Pale, white nails can be a sign of anemia.
- Pale, white nails can also be a sign of liver disease.
- Pale, white nails can also be a sign of diabetes.
- Pale, white nails can also be a sign of kidney disease.
- It may indicate heart disease because it shows up as a symptom in most forms of cardiovascular diseases including hypertension (high blood pressure), while pale yellowish-white coloration represents atherosclerosis or hardening/clogging of arteries due to plaque buildup on their walls as well as atherosclerosis causing blockages in smaller blood vessels throughout the body which leads to decreased oxygen supply due to reduced perfusion (blood circulation) resulting in tissue hypoxia (lack oxygen).
2. Yellow Nails
Yellow nails are a sign of jaundice, which is an abnormal green-yellow discoloration in the whites of your eyes and skin. Jaundice can be caused by a number of conditions, including liver failure or gallbladder disease. Because you should see a doctor if this happens to you, it’s best not to ignore the yellow color on your nails—it may be indicative of something serious happening inside your body.
Other causes include fungal infections like ringworm; psoriasis; iron deficiency (anemia); and liver problems such as hepatitis C infection or cirrhosis (liver scarring). In extreme cases of jaundice where there’s no improvement after 12 weeks, doctors may need to perform tests such as CT scans or MRI scans to determine exactly what’s wrong with your liver and how severe its damage is
3. Brittle Nails
- Brittle nails can be a sign of anemia, which is when your blood doesn’t have enough oxygen.
- Brittle nails can be a sign of iron deficiency or low levels of iron in the body.
- Brittle nails may also be caused by thyroid problems, liver problems, and vitamin B12 deficiency (which occurs when you don’t absorb enough B12 from food).
4. Spoons (or Scoop) Shaped Nails
If your nails are spoon-shaped, they may be thin and brittle. This can be a sign of poor nutrition, as well as stress or anxiety.
Nails that curve on both sides are also considered to be unhealthy nails because they can break easily if exposed to pressure (such as putting them in water). Additionally, these nails might bend with ease when you flex them during daily activities such as typing at your desk or walking around town.
Additionally, if you notice that your fingernails appear slightly soft and flexible—even if they’re not yet bending—this could indicate an underlying health condition such as arthritis or osteoporosis (a condition where bones become weak).
5. Blue or Purple Nails
The color of your nails can give you an idea about the health of your body. If you have blue or purple nail beds, this could indicate a problem with blood circulation in the fingers and toes. It’s also possible that there is an injury in one of these areas, which will cause more serious damage if left untreated.
If you have a purple hue in your nails, it could mean that there are problems with the thyroid gland (a key organ involved in regulating metabolism). This can be caused by stress or illness—or both!
You might also notice dark brownish-red patches around your fingernails or cuticles due to liver disease; however, this isn’t always obvious from looking at them because they aren’t as distinctive as other symptoms such as fatigue or nausea when experiencing these symptoms themselves.”
6. Ridges in the Nail Bed
Your nails can reveal a lot about your health. One of the most common nail problems is ridges, which are actually ridges in the nail bed (the area between your nail and skin). This type of discoloration is known as rugae—and it’s a sign that you may be aging faster than normal! If you have rugae, it could mean something like vitamin B12 deficiency or anemia (low blood count).
Ridges on your nails are also associated with psoriasis, an inflammatory condition that causes red bumps to appear on different parts of your body including within those nails.
7. Spoon-shaped nails
Spoon-shaped nails are a sign that you have an infection in your fingernails. The infection can be caused by fungus, psoriasis or anemia (low red blood cell count).
Nail experts say that spoon-shaped nails occur when the nail becomes thick at its base and curves inward toward the cuticle, making it look like a spoon with rounded sides. This may happen if you have fungal infection in your hands or feet (or mouth).
8. White Lines on the Nail Surface
If you have white lines on the nail surface, it could be a sign of anemia. It’s also possible that it’s a symptom of lung disease or kidney disease. Liver disease and heart disease are also possibilities here—and diabetes, too!
If you see this kind of discoloration in your nails, pay attention: your doctor may be able to help you figure out what’s going on with these issues as well as provide treatment options for them if needed.
9. Pitted Nails
Pitting is a condition that occurs when the nail surface becomes pitted and eroded. It can be caused by biting your nails, trauma to the skin around them or fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
If you have pitting it may be treated with topical medication such as vitamin A cream or corticosteroids applied to the affected area of skin every day until they are gone.
10. Dry, Peeling, and Cracked Nails
Dry, peeling, and cracked nails are all signs of dehydration. It’s important to keep your hands moisturized with a good hand cream. If you can’t find one that doesn’t contain dyes or perfumes, opt for one that does. You’ll want to use it at least twice daily—once in the morning before applying makeup and once in the evening when you wash up at night.
Another way to help keep your nails hydrated is by using a hand cream with urea (a natural ingredient) in it; this helps soften them so they don’t get brittle as quickly as they would otherwise due to dryness
Pay attention to your fingernails to help you find out if something is wrong with your health
Nails can tell you a lot about your health. They’re an important indicator of general well-being, and they can also indicate problems that are specific to you. For example, if your nails are brittle or break easily (which both happen as we age), it may be a sign of stress or anxiety.
If you think about it, our fingernails reflect how much water we use each day—and our bodies need water for proper functioning! If there’s not enough water in your body due to dehydration issues like low blood pressure or heart disease (both caused by lack of hydration), this could cause problems with other organs like the liver and kidneys.
We hope that you have learned some interesting things about your nails, and maybe even discovered something you weren’t expecting. If nothing else, this exercise should help you get in tune with your own body. As we mentioned earlier, there are many different ways to interpret what you find on your nails. The important thing is to remember that these occurrences can be signs of something being out of balance or not feeling well—and that means it’s time for an appointment at the doctor!