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12 Disease Signs — Found On Our Fingernails

Have you ever wonder how fingernail changes due to different conditions of the body. The nail may indicate an early stage of many diseases. Here is a list of nail changes that indicate some chronic or acute illness.

1

White nail

White nail

It is natural if your nail is white at the top. But if the whole nail become white it may indicate-

  • Liver disease such as hepatitis
  • Low protein stores in the body (hypoalbuminemia)
  • Kidney failure
2

Pale Nails

Pale Nails
  • Anemia
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Malnutrition
3

Yellow Nail

Yellow Nail
  • Nail Fungus
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Thyroid disease
  • lung disease
4

Bluish Nails

Bluish Nails
  • Lung issues (such as emphysema)
  • Heart problems
  • Excessive silver consumption
  • Bacterial infection of the nail
  • Wilson’s disease
5

Red Streaks in the Nail

Red Streaks in the Nail
  • Trauma
  • Psoriasis
  • Fungal infection
  • Heart valve infection
6

Dark Lines Beneath the Nail

Dark Lines Beneath the Nail

If you notice dark lines that are about as wide as a pen’s ink cartridge, this could be a sign of melanoma. This is a dangerous type of skin cancer.

7

Split or Cracked Nails

Split or Cracked Nails
  • Thyroid disease
  • Repeated trauma, especially frequent contact with water (e.g. hand washing, dishwashing, bathing, etc.)
  • Medication side effects
8

Nail Clubbing

Nail Clubbing
  • Lung disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver disease
  • Cardiovascular disease (heart disease)
  • HIV/AIDS
9

Puffy, Red Nail Fold

Puffy, Red Nail Fold

If your nail fold is puffy, this is due to inflammation. The most common cause of nail fold inflammation is a skin infection from bacteria, viruses or yeast.

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Ridges on the Nails

Ridges on the Nails

Diabetes
Severe injury
Past illness or medication exposure

11

Rippled or Pitted Nails

Rippled or Pitted Nails

Eczema

12

Nail Lifting

Nail Lifting

Mostly occurred by nail fungus. Other causes are-

  • Trauma
  • Medication side effect
  • Pregnancy