Paying close attention to the condition of your nails is important in that their condition will tell you a lot about potential health issues. This is especially important for individuals that suffer from diabetes as they need to be extremely careful in regard to their toenails and their feet in general. If you find any of the following things on your nails, then you’ll want to contact a medical nail technician.
White nails – If your nails are white in color, then you may have hepatitis or some other type of liver problem.
- Rounded nails – If your nails are much more round in shape than the typical curve that normal nails have, then you may have lung problems.
- Spoon nails – If your nails curve the wrong way upward and are soft when you touch them, then you could be suffering from heart disease, liver ailments, anemia or hypothyroidism.
- Nail dents – If you spot dents in your nails, then you may suffer from eczema, psoriasis, reactive arthritis or even alopecia areata.
- Dark bands on your nail tips – While the dark bands exhibited at the top of your nails could simply be signs of aging, they could also be signs of liver disease, diabetes or congestive heart failure.
- Yellow nails – If your nails are yellow near the top, then this could be a sign of a serious issue, such as lung disease or thyroid disease. It could also mean that you have a fungal infection.
- Blue nails – If your nails are blue, then you probably aren’t getting enough oxygen or may be suffering from some other lung issues.
- Weak nails – If your nails tend to split or chip more than normal – or if they simply seem weak – then they might just need some time to breathe. Hold off on any hard-hitting manicure styles for a bit.
- Dark spots – If you see any dark spots under your nails, then it could be blood under the nail caused by a physical injury.
If you notice any of these signs, contact an Advanced Nail Technician