Many people are curious about their fingernails, especially when they find irregularities. Pitting, ridges, spots, and other marks are common on nails and usually just a cosmetic issue.
Some nail irregularities are associated with serious medical conditions. The chart that we are including will shed some insight into what your nails are trying to tell you.
As you can see by the infographic from Berkley Wellness, there are a number of conditions to be aware of including the following :
This condition is characterized by a pair of horizontal white lines running parallel to the nail based. It may occur because of chemotherapy, but also may be associated with liver disease or kidney disease.
Nails normally curve at a slight upward angle from in the nail bed. Nails that curve downward may indicate lung disease, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, HIV infection.
These lines may be a sign of injury to the nail and can occur as a result of a high fever and in people being treated with chemotherapy. These are also referred to as Beau’s Lines.
Spoon Nails may be abnormally thin and flat, or even concave enough to hold a drop of water. This condition is associated with severe iron deficiency anemia and repeated exposure to chemicals or trauma.
White Nail Plates
White Nail Plates are characterized by white nails with a dark band at the tip, seen on all fingers and are common in people with liver disease. Though they may also occur as part of normal aging, they are also associated with congestive heart failure, diabetes, HIV Infection.
13 Signs Your Nails Reveal About Health Video
We have included this excellent video from Brightside that is well worth watching. It will give you 13 common conditions to be aware of. Click Play above to view now ^