Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Do not Ignore Fingernail Abnormalities

Healthy tips: A defect in all or some of your fingernails can signal a potentially serious medical condition.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine offer these examples:
  • Hollow areas on the fingernail can signal malnourishment.
  • An abnormal shape to the fingernail, with ridges and an inner curve, can signal iron deficiency anemia.
  • White flecks in the nail can show leukonychia, which could be caused by factors including zinc deficiency or heavy metal poisoning.
  • An abnormal color or warmth could indicate an infection, often caused by fungus or yeast.
  • Streaks of  blood in the nail can signal an infection, notably finishing heart valves.

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