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What Your Fingernails Say About You

When we think of our nails, we may think about a cute French manicure, but as it turns out, your fingernails can say more about our health than we realise. Oh, and we're not just talking about the appearance of chewed-up nails - though they definitely are a problem!

Read on to see if your fingernails reveal something new about you…

White Nails

If you see little white spots in your nails, don’t panic. These spots are likely due to light trauma to your nail bed or frequent manicures - and they're harmless. Be aware also that trauma to the nails can also cause a bumpy appearance, which may remain for a while, but may also go away eventually.

If, however, your entire nail is white or striped with white, please see your doctor immediately. Especially if this appears suddenly, as it may indicate kidney disease, liver disease or an infection somewhere in your body. Only your doctor can diagnose the true issue.

Yellow Nails

If you’re fond of an indulgent mani-pedi or you’re known to pick up a cigarette regularly, don’t be too surprised to see yellow nails, as both nail polish and nicotine can dye fingernails yellow. Discoloured nails may, however, be due to a fungal nail infection or, in serious cases, severe thyroid disease, psoriasis, diabetes or lung disease. If your yellow nails are accompanied by a thickened or crumbling texture, you may have chronic bronchitis or an advanced infection, respectively.

If you’re a smoker and think your yellow nails are due to your smoking habits, consider stopping - and if you need help with that, give this vaping E-liquid a try. Ease up on excessive nail polish use. For other possible conditions, consult your doctor or visit a pharmacist for over-the-counter help.

Clubbed Nails

If the tips of your fingers enlarge and bulge out, causing your fingernails to do the same, you should bring this to your doctor’s attention. Nail clubbing, as this medical phenomenon is known, usually happens over the course of years and is likely due to low oxygen levels in the blood. It could be a secondary sign of lung disease, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cardiovascular disease and AIDS. Sometimes nail clubbing can occur for no reason, but this is rare.

Please consult your doctor to rule out the cause for your nail clubbing.

Brittle Nails

Nail breakage is an absolute nightmare! Breakage can take the form of cracking, splitting, peeling or a general rough texture. If you paint your nails regularly, you may notice your nails taking on a brittle appearance from the chemicals and acetone. Cracked nails can also occur from wetting your nails, drying them and re-wetting them in a constant cycle.

Be sure to keep your nails hydrated and buffed - and if you can, take a break from the nail polish. If you absolutely can’t wean yourself off your weekly manis, make sure you protect your nails with a base coat. To strengthen your nails, try these Micro Nutrients caps, which contain ingredients including biotin, which helps hydrate and maintain the health of your nails - as well as your hair and skin, for a nice bonus.

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Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately. The tips listed in this article are meant to be suggestions and should not be substitutes for medical advice.

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