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What your Fingernails Can Tell You

Believe it or not, your fingernails can tell you a lot about your health. Among other symptom, they can indicate everything from heart disease to thyroid problems and malnutrition. Here are some nail conditions that might require medical attention.

  • When your fingernails become loose and can separate from the nail bed, the possible cause can be an Injury or infection, thyroid disease, a reaction to drugs or psoriasis (a disease that affects the skin). There is currently no cure for psoriasis, and it is generally permanent – though it can be treated.
  • Thick nails with yellow discoloration that lack a cuticle and detach from the nail bed may indicate respiratory conditions, such as chronic bronchitis ?or swelling of the hands (lymph-edema).
  • Soft nails that look scooped out (koilonychia) where the depression is usually large enough to hold a drop of liquid may be a sign of Iron deficiency or Anemia.
  • Enlarged fingers and nails that curve around the fingertips can indicate heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or cardiovascular or liver disease.
  • Nails that look opaque but have a dark band at the tips may signify Malnutrition, Diabetes, Liver disease or Congestive heart failure.

A Specialty Care Services home care?nurse professional can?assist patients?in recognizing?these and other signals of potential and possible health problems before they become serious.?.

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