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Unhealthy Nails are a Reflection of Your Overall Health

Healthy Nails are a Reflection of Your Overall Health
Fingernails and toenails that are yellow, thick or otherwise deformed are quite obviously unattractive, but did you know that they are also typically a sign of some type of underlying health problem? Unhealthy nails are a sign that something is wrong while clear, healthy nails are a sign of good overall health.

What Does Unhealthy Nails Mean?

In the vast majority of cases, unhealthy nails are a sign of a fungal nail infection. It is no secret that they can cause a great deal of embarrassment. In some cases, the embarrassment is so bad that it actually leads to social problems. While people are almost always fully aware of the cosmetic aspect of having unhealthy nails, they often forget about what it means in terms of their overall health. Nail fungus is very common. When left untreated, it can be very unhealthy and lead to a number of serious complications. In individuals with weakened immune systems, it is possible for the infection to spread to other parts of the body. Even if the infection does not spread, it can cause the nail to become painful as the result of extreme thickening and even splitting.

Warning Signs of Unhealthy Nails

The fingernails and toenails are intended to protect the tips of the fingers and toes from injury. Because these areas are loaded with sensitive nerves, strong healthy nails are important. By keeping your nails healthy, you can use them as an indicator of your overall health. The nails should be clear, shiny and hard. They should not be brittle or cloudy. The underlying nail bed should be pink.

If you notice changes in your nails, it is a sign that something is not right. If the bed does not look as pink as it should be, decreased blood flow could be to blame. If your nails are starting to change in texture or appearance, it is likely that a fungal infection is present. Changes to the nails may also be a sign of deficiencies in your diet.

Clear, healthy nails are a good indicator that you are in good overall health. Keeping them healthy is simple. Always keep your hands and feet clean and dry, never go barefoot in places like locker rooms, maintain a healthy diet and practice good general hygiene. If you notice changes to your nails, visit your doctor to found out what is wrong as soon as possible so you can restore your nails to good health.

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