Your Nails Tell Health Tales

There’s much your nails can divulge about your health:

Thyroid disease can manifest itself in dry, brittle hair, brittle nails, and weight gain or loss. A horizontal line through the middle of the fingernails, markings, called Beau’s Lines, sometimes appear when the body is particularly stressed.

White nail beds — the skin underneath the nail — can signify anemia.

Nails that are white near the cuticle and red or brown near the tip can be a sign of kidney disease.

Irregularly shaped brown or blue spots in the nail bed can be melanomas.

Fingertips that are blue or clubbed can be a sign of lung disease — although generally, there would be more significant signs as well.

23. June 2009 by Ruth Folger Weiss
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