Hmmm. Have you ever looked at those little moons at the base your nails and wondered what they mean? Nope, me neither! I rarely give them a second thought and, if I’m honest, mine are usually covered up with nail polish.
But these little moons (known to medical science as ‘lunula’) tell you more about your health than you think! AuntyAcid gathered 13 ways that these little lunulae let us know if there’s something wrong.
Curious? Me too. Let’s start:
1. Large lunula
But what is large? Well, if the moons on your fingernails take up over a third of your nail, then they’re considered large. A large lunula could be trying to warn you about problems with your cardiovascular system or high blood pressure. But they are also found on those who are highly physically active. Well… I guess that explains why mine aren’t that large!
2. Small lunula
As you’d expect, small lunulae are pretty much the opposite of large lunulae. If it’s smaller than 1/3 of your fingernail, your lunula is considered small. (So cute.) Anyways, people with small moons on their nails could be dealing with low blood pressure and often have a poor immune system. So next time you need a day off of work, just blame your lunula!
3. Pale, or white lunula
Good news! The natural colour of these little moons is white, so if they’re paler than your natural skin colour you’re winning! High-five!
4. Grey lunulae
Oops. When your lunulae are grey, you’re going to want to take a good hard look at your sleep pattern. You’re probably not getting enough sleep and may also be having trouble with your digestive system. There, there…
5. Lunulae separate from the rest of the nail plate
6. A visible lunula on your pinky finger
The lunulae on your pinky fingers should not be visible or noticeable by default. So if yours are particularly large or distinct it could point at issues with your heart or kidneys.
7. Black lunulae
Bad news. This one’s really rare and indicates heavy metal poisoning. And yes, I mean actual poisoning and not just an extreme aversion to Metallica. But feel free to blast some and get your ass to the doctor’s office ASAP!
8. A small thumb lunula
The lunula on your thumb represents the condition of your lungs and should take up no more than 25% of your nail. If you’re a smoker, chances are the lunula on your thumb will be smaller than that of a non-smoker. So next time someone’s lying about their smoking habits… check that lunulae!
9. Purple lunulae
10. The lunula on your ring finger
This moon relates to the reproductive and lymphatic system. If there’s no lunula on your nail at all, it could also be a reaction to digestive problems. See? Your ring finger can tell more than your relationship status!
11. Pinkish-red lunulae
Those of us with pinkish-red lunulae… Probably aren’t the most active people. It shows a lack of physical activity and might even indicate lung problems. Definitely NOT good. So, time to find a type of exercise you’d enjoy! For me, that’s poodle aerobics!
12. The lunula on your index finger
13. The lunula on your middle finger
Ahem. A very useful finger, since it relates to your brain and cardiovascular system. If you don’t have a moon on your middle finger you could have high blood pressure. Funny how this relates to the other, cultural functions of the middle finger, ahem.
And with that, we conclude our list.
Have you ever looked at your lunulae and wondered if they’re telling you about your health? Do any of the descriptions on our list match your lunula?
Let us know in the comments – and don’t forget to share with your friends and family!