Nails Indicated Health Conditions

Healthy nails indicate a body that’s likely to be healthy too. If your nails are clubbed, thin, spooned, discolored, easily broken, have thick ridges or color, or the skin around the nails is discolored or unnatural, further investigation is merited. Your nails provide a quick look at your overall health status and are indicative  of serious conditions that can be detected by changes in the nails.

No matter the race, normal nails should be pinkish and have a lighter pinkish-white area near their base called lunula (most prominent on the thumb nail). Nails that don’t appear like that are indicators that something is out of whack internally and a trip to the doctor may be in order.

Nail Appearance & Associated Condition

Excessively flexible nails - Calcium or protein deficiency

White spots - Vitamin or Mineral deficiencies

White nails - Liver diseases, such as hepatitis

Yellowish, thickened, slow-growing nails - Lung diseases, such as emphysema

Yellowish nails with a slight blush at the base - Diabetes

Half-white, half-pink nails - Kidney disease

Red nail beds - Heart disease

Red or brown little streaks - Heart disease

Pale or white nail beds - Anemia, Congestive heart failure, Liver disease, Malnutrition

Pitting or rippling of the nail surface - Psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis

Irregular red lines at the base of the nail fold - Lupus or connective tissue disease

Dark lines beneath the nail - Melanoma

Cracked or Split Nails - Thyroid disease

Spoon nails - Liver condition, heart disease and hypothyroidism

Terry's nails - Liver disease, congestive heart failure or diabetes

Beau's lines - Diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, as well as zinc deficiency

Clubbing nails - Lung or Heart diseases