- Nails can offer a glimpse of what happens inside the body
- Melanoma often shows up as a mole or dark spot, but it may also start in the nail
- Nails should have a healthy pink color and a different shade could indicate a problem
Your nails can offer you a glimpse of what happens inside your body; from minor vitamin deficiencies to a more serious health condition.
Below are some warning signs that could indicate you need to see a medical professional to assess you and give you proper diagnosis:
Brown Vertical Stripe On The Nail
A brown vertical stripe on your nail could be a sign of mel
anoma. While this type of skin c ancer tends to show up as a mole or dark spot, it may also start in the nail. About 1 percent of melanomas in Caucausians occur in the nail, but the rate among African-Americans is higher. Twenty percent of melanomas in this population occur in the nail.
Brittle nails could indicate a poor diet. In people who are malnourished or lack certain nutrients, their body does not produce the materials needed to make good and strong nails. Brittle nails, for instance, can indicate iron deficiency a
nemia. This is the reason why people with eating problems usually have brittle nails.
Nails should have a healthy pink color and a different shade could indicate a problem. Green nails can indicate a severe fungal nail infection, nail psori
asis, jaundice and even tuberculosis. Nails that turn brown may indicate you are malnourished or have thyroid disease.
Koilonychia is a condition that causes the nails to become soft and appear scooped out like a spoon. The symptom may indicate a liver condition called hemochrom
atosis, which occurs when too much iron is produced in your system. Spoon nails may also be a sign of hypo thyroidism.
Loose nails that are not caused by injury could indicate fungal nail infection, excess protein in the
blood, or poor blood circulation. In some cases, severe allergies to some antibiotics can cause nails to loosen from the nail bed.
So make sure to take good care of yourself and to check your nails regularly.