If you only examine your fingernails to see if it’s time for a manicure, you may be missing out on a very telling gauge of your vitality. The nails can be windows to a patient’s overall health.
Here’s what your nails may be telling you.
- White or pale nails can indicate liver disease or anemia.
- Thick yellow nails can indicate lung problems like emphysema.
- Vertical nail ridges are common, especially with age, and are not a cause for concern.
- Clubbing, or when the nail curls around your fingertips, is caused by low oxygen in the blood and can indicate lung conditions.
- Small white spots are usually caused by injury to the base of the nail and are not a cause for concern.
- Very brittle or splintered nails can be a sign of an underactive thyroid.
- Nails that look scooped out like a spoon can indicate iron-deficiency anaemia.
- Black or brown streaks under the nail may be a sign of melanoma, or skin cancer under the nail.
A great looking manicure, whether simply buffed or beautifully polished, with a classic French or bold colour, is essential to looking and feeling your best, just as is the right outfit or the right haircut and a great hair colour. Your nails are visible every day to everyone. Nothing says I care about how I present myself more than a fabulous manicure.
Many people schedule manicures for big events, such as weddings or vacations, but you don’t need to have a special day planned for a manicure. You’ve scheduled your first manicure appointment, but you don’t know what to expect. Get ready to feel pampered.