Often, our hand don’t get our attention as much as other parts of our do but interestingly, the colour and shape of your hands and fingers can be the key to determining how healthy you are. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails.
Your nails can give clues to your your overall health. A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body.?
Find out below what your hands say about your health.?
PALE NAILS: Very pale nails can sometimes be a sign of serious illness, such as: anaemia, congestive heart failure, liver disease, malnutrition.?
WHITE NAILS: If the nails are mostly white with darker rims, this can indicate liver problems, such as hepatitis.?
YELLOW NAILS: experts say 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.
Psoriasis is a common, chronic immune-mediated skin disease that varies in severity from minor localized patches to complete body coverage and may also involve the joints. The condition affects 2?4 per cent of the general population. It is characterized by scaly, reddened patches, papules, and plaques, which usually itch.?
BLUISH NAILS: Nails with a bluish tint can mean the body isn’t getting enough oxygen. This could indicate an infection in the lungs, such as pneumonia. Some heart problems can be associated with bluish nails.
RIPPLED NAILS: If the nail surface is rippled or pitted, this may be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. Discoloration of the nail is common; the skin under the nail can seem reddish-brown.?
CRACKED/SPLIT NAILS: Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack or split have been linked to thyroid disease. Cracking or splitting combined with a yellowish hue is more likely due to a fungal infection.
PUFFY NAIL FOLD: If the skin around the nail appears red and puffy, this is known as inflammation of the nail fold. It may be the result of lupus or another connective tissue disorder. Infection can also cause redness and inflammation of the nail fold.
DARK LINES BENEATH THE NAIL: This kind is sometimes caused by melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.
GNAWED NAILS: Biting your nails may be nothing more than an old habit, but in some cases it’s a sign of persistent anxiety that could benefit from treatment. Nail biting or picking has also been linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder. See your doctor to help you stop.?
SWOLLEN FINGERS: if your rings still won’t fit after you shun the shaker, and if your period isn’t due for weeks, swelling could suggest hypothyroidism, which means the thyroid gland is under-producing the hormones you need to regulate your metabolism and keep your body functioning properly. Thyroid problems can lead to a decreased metabolism, weight gain and water accumulation. Untreated hypothyroidism can cause fatigue, low libido and even heart failure. A simple blood test will show if your thyroid is sluggish, and doctor-monitored synthetic hormone pills can help your hormones and your fingers return to normal.
RED PALMS: If your palm itches, it doesn’t mean that money is coming your way but when they itch and burn red, it may point to eczema, a chronic skin disorder that can worsen when you’re stressed; to limit irritation, opt for soapless cleansers and wear gloves when cleaning or gardening. If those don’t help, redness could indicate an allergy to nickel in jewelry, chemicals in products, or antibiotics. One exception: If you’re pregnant, don’t sweat red palms. During pregnancy, blood flow increases throughout the body, causing temporary redness in more than half of expecting women.
NUMB, BLUE FINGER TIPS: What they mean Blue-hued digits may signal Raynaud’s disease, a temporary blood vessel spasm that constricts blood flow to the fingers (hence the numbness) in 5 per cent to 10 per cent of people. ?Stave off a crisis by keeping circulation healthy: Cut out cigarettes and go easy on the caffeine, as both constrict blood vessels, and hit the gym regularly to keep your blood pumping.
DISCOLOURED NAILS: Off-colour nails can result from fungus and may even warn of diabetes. “Diabetics’ immune and vascular systems are impaired, creating an environment that allows bacteria and fungi to flourish.