What Your Nails Say about Your Health

Nail abnormalities can tell you a lot about your general health. Changes in the colour, texture and thickness of your fingernails and toenails can indicate a problem with your general health. Here is a summary of some of the nail conditions that may indicate what is going on inside.

Nail Lifting

Nail lifting (distal onycholysis) happens when the tip of the nail separates from the nail bed on the finger or toe.

It can be the result of psoriasis or a fungal disease, but is often due to overzealous manicures or cleaning under nails with sharp objects. The space under the nail can then become filled with bacteria, which turn the nail greenish-black.

Nail lifting can be treated by soaking the nail in diluted white vinegar or bottle sterilising solution containing sodium hypochlorite.

In the long-term, keeping the nails short will help to reduce any further trauma and allow the nail to grow out attached. Use a soft nailbrush to clean your nails, don’t clean under the nails where they meet the fingernail and avoid using sharp objects to clean under your nails.

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