Many people are curious about their fingernails, especially when they find irregularities. Pitting, ridges, spots and other marks are common on nails and are usually just a cosmetic issue. But there are some nail irregularities that are associated with serious medical conditions.

Below I will explain the 10 warning signs your nails may be telling you about your health:

1 Red Nails

If your nails go from pink to red, it could be a sign of heart disease. If you see that the redness is extending to the sides of your nails and cuticle this could also be an indicator of the autoimmune disease, Lupus. For the best results, consult with your doctor.

2 Unusually white nails


This indicator has 3 possible explanations. The first is that you may have potentially developed a nail fungal infection. The second could be that your nails endured trauma and are detaching from the nail bed. Thirdly, this is typically a side effect of chemotherapy. This could also potentially indicate a more severe illness like anemia, iron deficiency, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, hyperthyroidism or organ failure.

3 Discolored nails

If nails begin to turn brown, this could potentially mean you have a thyroid disease or are malnourished. Green nails are more than likely a severe fungal infection or possibly jaundice, sinusitis or psoriasis.

If you find yourself taking the prescription drugs like antimalarial pills, your nails might have a grayish tinge to them.

4 Brittle nails

Thin and frail nails are a common issue amongst most that indicate vitamin deficiency. The easiest fix is to determine which vitamin you lack and to start taking an over the counter multivitamin supplement. Brittle nails can also be associated with thyroid disorders.

5 White stripes 

These stripes are commonly associated with a disorder. Typically indicates an imbalance in your diet and or lack of proteins.  An easy fix with an increase in protein rich foods. (ie. lean meats, nuts and fish)

6 Yellow nails: Typically

yellow nails are a sign of an awful fungal infection and it’s advisable to purchase anti-fungal tablets or a topical cream to treat this as soon as possible. Or you can try a more natural solution such as essential oils, best to consult with your doctor before anything.

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