The 11 Signals Your Nails are Giving You About Your Health
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Many people put a lot of effort into keeping their nails perfectly trimmed, cleaned and manicured. If the nails aren't perfect, the solution is often to cover them up with fake nails or polish. But ignoring such signs and viewing them as only an aesthetic problem could be dangerous to your health.
Concerns Below the Surface?
What you can't see could be concerning. What you can see could be signaling greater health concerns.
Like your skin, your nails are excellent indicators of what's going on inside your body. If your nails are healthy (smooth and pink with a slightly curved surface), your body is probably pretty healthy too. But if your nails are discolored, brittle or otherwise appear unhealthy, it may be because of an underlying health problem.
"The nails can be windows to a patient's overall health, and while the nail itself is dead tissue, the areas under the cuticle and beneath the nail are alive," said dermatologist Richard K. Scher, M.D., professor of clinical dermatology at Columbia University in New York City.
Here are 11 signals your nails may be giving you about your health.
The Mayo Clinic: What Fingernails Can Tell You About Your Health
American Academy of Dermatology: Nail Health
Your Nails and Your Overall Health
Fingernails Could Point to Health Problems