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What your nails say about your health

What your nails say about your health


Most nail changes are nothing to worry about, 
but some abnormalities could indicate a medical 
problem. You probably cut your nails regularly,
 but when was the last time you really looked 
at your nails? Your nails can tell a lot about your 
overall health, so it's important to recognize the
 signs of healthy nails, as well as abnormalities
 that could indicate a medical problem. You 
don't know what is normal and what is not? 
Here are some clues to help you figure out what 
healthy nails look like and when there might be
 a problem, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Normal nail signs

Uniform colorSmooth
 without grooves 
or pittingAttached to the skin
White lunula ("little moon")
 just above the cuticle

 Signs of Abnormal Nails

  • Spots
  • Oddly shaped
  • Separation of nail from skin
  • Thinning or thickening
  • Oddly shaped
  • Separation of nail from skin
  • Discoloration
    • Nail color changes related to health conditionsA change 
      in nail color may not mean anything, but some changes 
      may be related to the following conditions:Leukonychia 
      Also known as "white nail syndrome," leukonychia can 
      develop if the nails fail to grow, says Ashley Anderson, 
      DO, a family doctor at the Dignity Health Medical Foundation
       in Davis, California. The nail will have white spots or lines, 
      which often don't reach the edge of the nail, or the entire nail 
      will turn white, she adds. These changes may be due to 
      microtrauma of the nail, especially after a manicure or with 
      artificial nails, or indicate leprosy, cirrhosis or typhoid fever,
       warns the Information Center for Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD ).

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