Did you know that our fingernails serve a purpose greater than looking good? They also serve a greater purpose than a beautiful manicure. They can serve the purpose of diagnosing diseases. Here is how your doctor may be able to recognize whether you are suffering from three possible diseases just by looking at your fingernails.
A spoon nail is a nail that may thin. It gets its name because you can drop a spoonful of water onto the nail and it will remain on the nail. If your nail is healthy the water will drip right off of your nail.
If you have a spoon nail it is an indicator that you are suffering from an iron deficiency which is a condition known as anemia.
Pigmented bands are bands of color beneath the base of the nail, these usually appear vertically. Healthy nails are pink in color and contain no pigmented bands.
Pigmented bands can be a sign of melanoma. However, not all pigmented bands are cancerous.
These will appear will more frequency among African Americans. If you ever notice a change in your nails like this, be sure to get them check out by your physician immediately.
Nail Beading or unevenness
Nail Beading is what is referred to when you have uneven ripple look to your nails. You can run your finger over your nails or nail and actually feel the ripples. Your nail or nails may also feel dry.
This can be caused by hormone issues, thyroid issues, diabetes and even stress.
Since this condition can be caused by a number of issues, you may want to make an appointment with your physician if you begin to notice this ripple type effect on your nails and discuss this an all other symptoms to help your physician come up with a diagnosis.
In a way our fingernails can be compared to the rings of a tree. Just remember it does take up to 6 months for our nails to become fully grown and it can take this long for any treatments to begin to take effect on them.
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