Healthy nails are vital for beautiful hands but they can also reveal some important things about how well your body is working. Nails that are cracked, discoloured or brittle can indicate that there may be some serious health problems that need dealing with. Here are 3 things nails can reveal about your health:
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- Dry and easily breakable nails
Nails that are dry and easily breakable are a complaint that many have. Dry nails can be the result of a number of things which include; swimming in chlorinated, washing up, and over use of nail polish remover. If you are keen to improve the health of your nails, then you may want to change up your habits. Simply moisturising more and wearing gloves to do the washing up can make great improvements to your nail health. However, if your dry nails do not improve, and seem to become a chronic issue, then it is advisable to seek medical advice because they may be a sign of a more serious medical condition.
- White spots
An old wives tale was that white spots indicated calcium deficiency. Although this may be true in some cases, it is likely more of a coincidence than causation, and in fact, white spots due to calcium deficiency are rare. In fact, if you have white spots, you shouldn’t really worry as they really are pretty insignificant. More often than not, the little white marks on the nails are usually the result of small knocks. However, if you have a lot of white spots, or are worried about having white spots on your nails, then talk with your doctor about the possibility of calcium deficiency, and what you can do to overcome the issue. For others, why not just paint your nails to cover up the spots whilst the nail heals.
- Painful growths or discolouration
Discolouration and painful growths are not ok. If you have painful growths on or near your nails, or if you have discoloured nails, and do not know what caused the discolouration (i.e. it is not a bruise from shutting your finger in a car door), then you should seek medical attention as soon as you can. Although it may seem unlikely, but these nail signs and symptoms may be indicators of melanoma in the nail bed. Melanoma is a form of cancer that can occur in any individual and so if you are worried make sure to seek medical help. If you need a prescription for the condition, why not check out www.europapharmacy.co.uk as they will be able to deliver your medication for you after you fill in a quick questionnaire. Painful growths and discoloured nails should not be covered up with dark nail varnishes, but instead should be checked out and treated.
As having beautiful nails is essential to having beautiful hands, and to finishing off any outfit, it is important to look after your nails to keep them healthy and fresh. However, if you notice any unusual colourings, growths or are just worried about your nails, then it is always a good idea to get them checked over by your doctor to ensure that you and your nails stay as healthy as can be.