What Your Nails Can Tell You About Your Health

nails and health

Pale nails, white nails, yellow nails, blue nails, rippled nails, cracked or split nails, dark lines beneath the nails, did you know your nails can offer an important clue to your overall health? You should never ignore the state that your nails are in as they are indications to bigger health problems. Keep reading to understand what secrets your nails might reveal.

Yellow Nails

Yellow nails could be due to age, however the culprit is usually due to acrylic nails or nail polish. Smoking can also be a huge factor in contributing to discolouration and it goes without saying that this should be avoided at all costs. However, tossing out that favourite nail colour may be a little more difficult to persuade you to kick. But giving them a much needed break will help them in restoring their normal, healthy colour. Less often, yellow nails may be related to more serious issues such as thyroid disease, psoriasis, respiratory disease or diabetes.

cracked nails

Dry, cracked, or brittle nails

This one can be really annoying. Especially when you have a night out on the town planned and all of a sudden one of your beautifully manicured nails crack just before you about to leave! Brittle, soft nails can occur from dryness on the nail plate or because of long-term use of nail polish or even exposure to damp conditions such as frequent swimming, washing dishes without gloves, etc. Taking vitamin supplements like biotin for example can help in some cases for brittle nails, but our absolute favourite cure at Langaro Nail Salon is “Need For Speed” by Morgan Taylor Nail Laquer. This healthy base support is specially designed for weak and damaged nails. It’s natural all-in- one nail treatment and base coat is the perfect foundation to help nails reach their full potential and return to healthy, strong and happy nails.

Pale nails

Pale Nails:

This could be a serious sign that something isn’t right internally and should definitely not ignored! Very pale nails could indicate that you have a low red blood cell count, liver disease, malnutrition, congestive heart failure, diabetes or an overactive throid. If you notice your nails are very pale, consult your doctor and get the underlying issue sorted out immediately.

bluish nails

Bluish or Purple Nails:

Many people usually end up with blue hands/fingernails in winter due to very cold temperatures, however this is perfectly normal. But often, blue fingernails or purple nail beds can be a sign of various disorders and should be checked out. It could be because there is a lack of oxygen to the body and could therefore indicate lung problems. There are also some heart problems can be associated with bluish nails.

Rippled nails

Rippled Nails

Having tiny raised lines or rippled ridges that run up and down could be due to injury to the nail or underlying medical problems such as psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. This “nail-sign” is also one not to take lightly and you should make an appointment with your local GP to find out what the exact cause is from .

There is nothing more important than one’s health and if our bodies our warning us of possible medical problems through our skin and nails, we should act immediately and sort out any issues it the beginning stages. If you are looking to sort out “easier” isssues such as yellow or brittle nails, look no further than visiting our expert nail salon technicians at Langaro Lifestyle Centre who will always be happy to help you.