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January 16, 2021

Nail Colours Are Good Indicator of Your Health

Did you know the colour of your fingernails reveals clues to your overall health? Yes,
you read it right. in fact, nail colours reflect any medical condition you might have. For
example, a touch of white, a rosy tinge, or even bumps on the surface of your nails
can be a sign of disease!

On the other hand, healthy fingernails have a pinkish or mauve hue and are evenly
coloured. Hence, the discoloration of the nails can signify various health problems.
This is why it is important to pay attention to any abnormal signs on your fingernails
and toenails. Additionally, anything that does not look normal should be addressed
by a doctor. Consulting a doctor can help you identify the underlying cause.

To illustrate, you need to watch out for these nail discolourations:

Yellow – yellow nails may be due to lymphedema. It is a buildup of lymphatic fluid in
tissues. It may also be a sign of lung disease or psoriasis.

Green – this is also known as the “green nail syndrome”. This condition is often caused
by a fungal infection called pseudomonas.

Brown – brown stains in the nails can be from nicotine use or excessive use of
nail polish. Chemotherapy can also be a cause.

Red – a red or purple streaks in the nails can be a result of a splinter hemorrhage.

Blue – the blue hue in the nails can be a result of taking minocycline, an antibiotic.
Oral medications can also turn the nail colour into blue.

Black – severe infection or bruising are oftentimes the most common reason for
getting a black nail. However, melanoma can also be the cause. You better see a
dermatologist if you are exhibiting a black nail.

If you notice some of these nail colours or any unusual texture or appearance
on your nails, consult a physician immediately.

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