Blossom Kochhar tells Riya Pandya what our nails reveal about our health.
Your nails indicate your health
can be a good platform to sport your creativity, neglecting them can have serious repercussions.
“Long nails can harbour dirt and bacteria which may cause infections across fingers and toes. Therefore, it is important to take proper care of nails as they protect our toes and fingers from various diseases,” says beauty expert and dermatologist Dr Blossom Kochhar.
While some infections can be cured easily, others may be more serious and can even serve as warnings of fatal conditions.
Common Nail Symptoms YELLOW NAILS
Yellow nails are caused by fungal infections. These are often painful as the nail beds retract and the nails start to crumble. Additionally, yellow nails could indicate more severe conditions like diabetes, lung disease and thyroid. Smoking and excessive use of acrylic nail polishes can lead to the yellowing of fingernails as well.
CRACKED AND SPLIT NAILS
Deficiency of Vitamin C, iron or protein may lead to the splitting of nails. Cracked nails can also indicate potential kidney problems and hyperthyroidism.
Biting your nails is a sign of persistent anxiety and nervousness. As it carries germs from the nails to the mouth, biting nails can cause bacterial and viral infections.
Dark discolouration occurs mainly due to an abnormality referred to as melanonychia, which may sometimes affect the entire nail or cause spotting on the nail. But if your nails have turned dark and rotten and are agonizingly painful, they require immediate attention from a doctor as the discolouration may be because of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
A decrease in blood supply to the nails could cause them to turn white, a condition referred to as Terry’s nails. Furthermore, white nails could be a sign of malnutrition.
RIDGED AND RIPPLED NAILS
Ridged and rippled nails can be a result of hand and feet injuries. It is common for one to develop vertical ridges on one’s fingernails in one’s old age.