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10 health conditions your nails may reveal!

10 health conditions your nails may reveal!

1. Pale finger nails
Very pale nails that lack colour can be a sign of serious illness such as congestive heart failure, Liver disease or malnutrition.

2. White finger nails
Extremely white nails, with dark rims near the bottom of the nail, may be a condition known as 'Terry's nails'. This condition is often seen in people with Liver disease or hepatitis.

3. Yellow finger nails
The common cause of yellowing fingernails is fungal infection. More concerning causes may include severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis.

4. Bluish nails
When the body is not getting enough oxygen, blue nails may result. This could be due to an infection in the lungs, such as pneumonia. Some heart problems can also be associated with blue nails.

5. Rippled or pitted nails
Nails that are pitted (small dents in the nail) may indicate early signs of inflammatory arthritis or psoriasis. Skin under that nail may also appear discoloured or reddish-brown.

6. Cracked, split nails
Thyroid disease may often cause nails to crack or split. This is due to nails becoming brittle due to thyroid malfunction. If yellowing accompanies the cracking, it may signal fungal infection.

7. Puffy nail fold
Raised red skin at the cuticle and around the nail is known as inflammation of the nail fold. This can occur as a result of connective tissue disorders, such as lupus.

8. Dark Lines
Dark lines that appear under the nail should be investigated as soon as possible. These lines can be the result of skin cancer melanomas.

9. Clubbed nails
This is when the tip of the nail enlarges and the nail curves downwards around the finger. This may occur due to low oxygen in the blood and could be a sign of various types of lung disease. Nail clubbing is also associated with inflammatory bowel disease, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and AIDS.

10. Gnawed nails
Biting your nails may just be a silly habit, but severely bitten nails may indicate severe anxiety. This may also be a sign of OCD or stress that is likely to need attention and treatment.

Remember: The nail changes above may accompany many conditions however, these changes are rarely the first sign. Many nail abnormalities are harmless but if you're concerned about the appearance of your nails, consult with your doctor or dermatologist.

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Feelgood Health - August 23, 2022

Good day Georgie

Thank you for the comment that you left on our blog. Thick skin under toenails is often caused by a fungal infection.

Follow the instructions below:
-Soak feet in equal parts Apple Cider Vinegar and water for 15-30 minutes twice a day. Dry feet thoroughly after each soak. You can also soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it directly to the nail/s, but make sure the Apple Cider Vinegar stays on your nail/s for enough time.
-After rinsing with the Apple Cider Vinegar, apply the Ionized Colloidal Silver Cream, which is a fantastic, natural topical cream with powerful antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiviral and antibiotic properties. Apply a small amount of cream to the affected area 2 – 3 times daily.
-Keep nails short, dry, and clean. Use a separate nail clipper for the infected nail/s to avoid the fungal infection from being passed onto the other nails.
Should you not see results within 3 – 4 weeks, you can see a doctor.

While the treatment plan should clear up the fungal infection, you might have to wait for your toenails to grow out for them to return to normal. Please follow the treatment plan until your toenails have grown out, and try to wear open shoes as much as possible.

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Feelgood Health Team

Georgie - August 23, 2022

My toe nails thickening of skin under the nail. What’s the cause. Please let me know

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