8 Things Our Nails Might Be Telling Us About Our Overall Health

We might take them for granted but the nails can reveal many clues to our overall health. And even though some nail symptoms are harmless, others can be indicative of chronic diseases.

So, let’s see what your fingernails say about your health, compiled by Aunty Acid.

1. Fingernails with a hint of blue


If you notice that your fingernails are blue, you might not have enough oxygen in your body, or you might be having respiratory and heart problems.

Also, it might indicate that you have emphysema which is a long-term, progressive disease of the lungs. So, a trip to the doctor’s office would be advisable.

2. White fingernails


If your fingernails have turned a chalky white color, it could be an indication of kidney disease or liver abnormalities. You might want to visit your doctor and check it just in case.

3. Rippled nails

Rippled nails are difficult to notice because it’s usually quite subtle, but this might indicate psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease so it would be wise to pay your doctor a visit.

4. Yellowish nails


If you are a smoker the nicotine might stain your nails and make them appear yellow. But, in worse case scenarios this can be a symptom of lung disease, thyroid disease or psoriasis.

5. Excessive nail biting

Biting your nails might be more than a habit. It might be due to anxiety because when you are nervous, biting your nails might calm you down. This can be solved through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other such techniques.

6. Cracked nails


If you have nails that look like these in the picture above, it might indicate that you have a fungal infection or some form of Thyroid disease.

7. Dark lines on the nails


Having dark lines on your nail can be really serious. It might be due to trauma on the nail or worse case scenario from Melanoma, which is the worst form of skin cancer.

8. Puffiness around the nails


If the area around the nail is swollen and warm to touch it might indicate that you have some minor infection or even lupus which is a chronic autoimmune disease. Either way, visit your doctor.

 * This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances.