5 Signs Your Fingernails Use to Show You Something’s Wrong with Your Health

· February 26, 2017
Did you know that your fingernails can tell you whether something is wrong with your health? Here are some of the things that your fingernails could be telling without you even realizing it.

We often consider our nails to be merely part of our physical appearance. However, your fingernails can tell you whether something is wrong with your health.

Have you ever stopped to look at your nails? Are they fragile? Brittle?

If they are, then this, along with other characteristics, may be warnings that something is not quite right with your body. Maybe you’re lacking a certain vitamin or you’re suffering from anemia and don’t even realize it.

Taking all this into account,  we want to make you aware of some of the things that your fingernails could be telling without you even realizing it.

1. You have dry and fragile nails

Debilidad o caída de uñas

This condition may be related to:

  • Thyroid Problems
  • Anemia
  • Fungi

If your nails have become extremely dry and brittle overnight, this may be due to anemia or thyroid problems.

Unfortunately,  cuticle oil will not help solve this problem.

To pinpoint this problem you should check your hormone levels and make sure your thyroid is under control.

Moreover, you should bear in mind that this issue is not weight related.

There’s a false belief that only overweight people have thyroid problems or that you may be prone to becoming anemic if you’re underweight. The truth is that these conditions don’t always go hand in hand.


In addition, keep in mind that fungi can also make fingernails dry and weak.

2. Discolored fingernails

If your fingernails are discolored, then you may be suffering from:

  • Fungi
  • Diabetes
  • Liver, kidney, heart, or lung problems
  • Lymphedema

Remember that healthy nails should be pink with white crescents near the base.

The different colors your nails could have are and their possible meanings are as follows:

  • Green = bacterial infection
  • Red streaks at the base of the nails = heart valve infection
  • Bluish = low levels of oxygen in the blood
  • Pale = vitamin deficiency
  • White = hepatitis or anemia
  • Dark streaks at the top of the nail = signs of aging and congestive heart failure
  • Dark lines below the nail = Skin cancer

Keep these colors in mind and examine your nails whenever you can.

3. Cracked nails

marcas blancas en las uñas

If your hands are always in the water, your nails will constantly fluctuate between being hydrated and dehydrated. Over time, this can cause them to divide and crack. This problem can also cause your nails to peel off layer after layer.

Constantly putting your fingernails in your mouth can produce the same effect.

Don’t bite your nails. Furthermore, if you have emerge your hands in water then you should wear gloves.

This condition could also be indicative of a deficiency of:

If you notice any of these symptoms, increase your intake of vitamin C. You can do this by consuming fruits like oranges or grapefruits at least once a day.

Mango is rich in folic acid so you should also add it to your list of foods to eat if you suffer from a vitamin deficiency.

4. Extremely thick nails

If your nails are not discolored and look strong and healthy, then having thick nails shouldn’t be a problem.

If the nails have recently become too thick but you haven’t done any treatment to strengthen them, you may have some form of lung disease.

Thick nails are not necessary strong nails, especially if they look like claws.

If you’re taking medication and your nails suddenly become thicker, then you should discuss this with your doctor. This is because you may be suffering from an allergic reaction.

5. Your fingernails have grooves or dents on them

Por qué salen y qué significan las manchas blancas en las uñas

Sometimes your nails and hands get a little beat up because of work, and small streaks may start to appear as a consequence of this.

However, if your hands are not damaged but you note that there are several streaks on one or several of your fingernails, then pay attention to your hair and your skin.

Mineral and vitamin deficiency can also lead to psoriasis or hair loss.

This problem is usually resolved by improving your diet or taking a vitamin supplement.

Pay attention to your nails

As you can see, your nails are only useful for putting on nail polish or for decorating.

They’re also very useful for communicating if something is wrong with your health.

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