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Post by kurniasihat Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:44 am

Healthy Fingernails: Clues About Your Health
Fingernail color and texture can reflect a wide range of medical conditions.
A Guide to Healthy Fingernails:
10 Possible Signs of Serious Conditions
Nail Appearance Associated Condition
White nails Liver diseases such as hepatitis

Yellowish, thickened, slow-growing nails Lung diseases such as emphysema

Yellowish nails with a slight blush at the base Diabetes

Half-white, half-pink nails Kidney disease

Red nail beds Heart disease

Pale or white nail beds Anemia

Pitting or rippling of the nail surface Psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis

"Clubbing," a painless increase in tissue around the ends of the fingers,
or inversion of the nail Lung diseases

Irregular red lines at the base of the nail fold Lupus or connective tissue disease

Dark lines beneath the nail Melanoma

Tips for Strong, Healthy Fingernails

To maintain healthy fingernails, avoid infections, and improve nail appearance, try the following tips:
Keep your nails clean and dry.
Avoid nail-biting or picking.
Apply moisturizer to your nails and cuticles every day. Creams with urea, phospholipids, or lactic acid can help prevent cracking.
File your nails in one direction and round the tip slightly, rather than filing to a point.
Don't remove the cuticles or clean too deeply under your nails, which can lead to infection.
Don't dig out ingrown toenails. See a dermatologist if they become bothersome.
Avoid nail polish removers that contain acetone or formaldehyde.
Bring your own instruments if you get frequent manicures.
If you have artificial nails, check regularly for green discoloration (a sign of bacterial infection).
Eat a balanced diet and take vitamins containing biotin.
Finally, to maintain your healthy fingernails over time, ask your doctor to take a look at them during your next checkup.

1)Nails and Health: Read the Signs
Did you know your nails can reveal clues to your overall health? A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails. Keep reading to learn what secrets your nails might reveal.

2)Pale Nails
Very pale nails are sometimes linked to aging. But they can also be a sign of serious illness, such as:
Congestive heart failure
Liver disease

3.)White Nails
If the nails are mostly white with darker rims, this can indicate liver problems, such as hepatitis. In this image, you can see the fingers are also jaundiced, another sign of liver trouble.

4)Yellow Nails
One of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. As the infection worsens, the nail bed may retract, and nails may thicken and crumble. In rare cases, yellow nails can indicate a more serious condition such as severe thyroid disease or psoriasis

5.)Rippled Nails
If the nail surface is rippled or pitted, this may be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. Psoriasis is a skin condition that starts in the nails 10% of the time.

More information pls refer to :Slideshow: What Your Nails Say about Your Health


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