What your nails can say about your health

Look at your nails, you may notice a slight change in their texture or color - a little white here, the pink color there may be some undulation or surface roughness. These deficiencies may be alien to you, but for the experienced eye they can provide some valuable clues to your overall health welcome.

"As well as the eyes, nails are the mirror of the soul", - says Dr. Tamara Lior, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida. Lior says that somehow convinced a patient to check the lungs, after notice a bluish tint to his nails, a sign that not enough oxygen. He was fluid in the lungs.

Warning signs of many diseases, ranging from hepatitis and ending with heart disease, may also appear on the nails, according to Dr. Joshua Fox, director of the Progressive Dermatology and spokesman for the American Academy of Dermatology. "Changes in the nails can be a sign of local disease such as fungal infection, or a sign of systemic disease, such as lupus or anemia," - says Fox.

He says he sometimes tries to guess if you have anemia person by looking at his or her nails. He explains that pale, whitish nail beds may indicate a low red blood cell count, which is anemia.

Iron deficiency can cause thin, concave nail platinum with raised edges.

Although most patients Fox come to him not to report a problem with nails, it is often still check nails. "The nails can give a lot of little clues as to what's going on inside of you. In patients with lupus often winding, elbow blood vessels of the nail folds. Psoriasis starts with nails in 10% of cases" and causes separation and furrows on the nail plate.

Heart disease can make the nail plate red. obsessive-compulsive disorder can be expressed in constant biting or plucking nails, Fox says.

Even common diseases, such as thyroid disease, can cause abnormal changes in the nail plate, which become dry, brittle and easy to crack or delaminate.

Many common nail disorders are due to fungal infections that cause the nails to crack, peel, and change color and texture. These infections are often difficult to cure, so you need professional help, including prescription of antifungal drugs. Fox says that it is best to visit a dermatologist if symptoms persist, especially if the nails start to separate from the base or you experience pain and swelling occurs.

Changes in texture, shape or color, occurred not due to formation of bruises or fungal infection, including abnormal growth, the formation of fissures or holes in the nails, dark brown stripes under the nail and cuticle, not passing or growths on the nail plate, are of particular concern. According to Lior, they can mean skin cancer. "The build-up around the nails have a tendency to develop into squamous cell carcinoma", - she says. "If the patient is watching a darkening, including the cuticle, we suspect melanoma," - the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Fox advises communicate those changes to the types of specialist as soon as possible. "Dermatologists have experience in distinguishing between innocuous and serious nail disease, and to identify what changes require further investigation."

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