Your nails can tell you a lot about your health. Nail diseases and warning signs of other health problems appear on the nails. You nails also reveal whether you are taking good care of them. Good nail care is important to help prevent many common nail problems.
The skin around our nails and the tissue beneath them are susceptible to many diseases. Early diagnosis and proper treatment offer the best outcome. If allowed to progress, nail disease can be difficult to treat.Here are some signs to look for in your nails:
DARK SPOT OR STREAK
PITS, RIDGES, DISCOLORATION
NAIL THICKENS, LIFTS
REDNESS, SWELLING, PAIN
NAIL CURVES INTO SKIN
NAILS CAN REVEAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
Most doctors tend to look at nails during a physical exam because sometimes changes to the nails are indications of a disease. The table below shows what changes in the nail color might mean:
Half pink, half white nails
Red nail bed
Nails yellowing, thickening, growing slowly
Pale nail bed
Yellowish nails with slight blush at base
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