Did you know the color and texture of your nails can give you some insight about your health? If you have been concerned about the appearance of your nails, check out these interesting links between nail discoloration/texture and your health.
-Pale nails can be a sign of anemia, congestive heart failure, liver disease or malnutrition.
-If you have all white nails with just the tips being a little darker this could be a warning sign of a liver problem.
-Yellow nails often are a sign of a fungal infection. They can also be an indication of thyroid disease, diabetes, psoriasis, or lung disease.
-If your nails have a bluish tint to them, this can often mean your body is not getting sufficient oxygen.
-If the texture of your nails is rippled, this can be an early sign of inflammatory arthritis or psoriasis.
-Dark lines under the nail can be a sign of melanoma, a very dangerous skin cancer.
Remember, not all nail discoloration means you have a serious health problem, but it is interesting to recognize the link between the two. Always visit your health care professional if you feel you might have any of the above health issues.
If you notice any changes in your nails, specifically toenails, make sure to stop by Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle LLC. Dr. Evan Merrill is ready to help you improve your foot health. Make an appointment today by calling 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.