12 Things Your Fingernails Can Tell You about Your Health

Posted by Editorial Staff in Health and Fitness On 17th May 2016

Our body has its own “language”, and whenever something is wrong, it makes sure to send us various signals. Fingernails can reveal some of the most dreaded diseases, some of which can be fatal if they are not diagnosed in the beginning stages.

This is why it is crucial to keep an eye on your fingernails and pay attention to even the slightest change.


#1 Yellow Nails

One of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. As the infection worsens, the nail bed may retract, and nails may thicken and crumble. In rare cases, yellow nails can indicate a more serious condition such as severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis


#2 Green Nails

If your nails have slowly started to turn green, this might indicate nail psoriasis or a severe fungal nail infection, although it can also indicate jaundice, tuberculosis, sinusitis or lyphoedema.


#3 Brown Nails

Brown nails may indicate malnutrition or even thyroid disease (either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism).

If you notice that your nails have two distinct colors (for instance, they may be half brown and half white), this might indicate liver failure

#4 Dark Discolorations

Black streaks or painful growths on your nail warrant an immediate trip to your physician, as they may be due to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer


#5 Spoon nails

Spoon nails are soft nails that look scooped out. They are a sign of iron deficiency anemia or a liver condition known as hemochromatosis, in which your body absorbs too much iron from the food you eat. Spoon nails can also be associated with heart disease and hypothyroidism

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