Before this incredible boom of manicures and pedicures, we all knew what color were our nails. Naturally treated, even in health care, nails were also a tool and a transportation mechanism to understand if our health was in shape. For example, Blue-tinted nails may indicate low blood oxygen levels while red streaks could mean a heart valve infection.  Furthermore, there are other topics where nails are determinant in finding a diagnosis. For example, the shape of our nail is so or even more important than the color of it. Why? Because the form of a fingernail can help identify the balance of levels of iron within our body or hemochromatosis. Without the right amount of iron, our nails become brittle.

Not only they can tell us what’s wrong, but also what’s right. Instead, when we are in good health, the nails show a smoother, without discoloration, and the same nails’ thickness among them.

If you are a current nail polisher try to, every once in a while, clean your nails and give them the right treatment for better health. Not only your nails, of course!

We’ll help you understand the signs:

When your nails are showing a paleish shade, that could mean Anemia, Congestive heart failure, liver disease, and malnutrition. On the other hand, when they present a white color, you can be associated with liver problems, especially if the fingers also show a yellowish shade.

Yellow nails can be linked with a fungal infection or, in extreme cases, can be connected with thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis. Red lines, which are usually bloodlines, can be linked with a heart condition.

The skin around the nails can also describe a health condition. For example, the skin around the nails, if it appears red and puffy may be linked with lupus or another connective tissue disorder.

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