What Brittle Nails Say About Your Health and How to Fix It
A number of studies demonstrate that your nails can reveal clues about your health. Sometimes, a problem with nails can show a serious medical condition. A change in the color and texture can be the sign of a lung, heart, or nervous system disease.
We at the Bright Side believe that it is always easier to cure an illness if you can spot it early. Your nails are not just a beauty accessory. They are closely connected to the systems of your entire body. Here are some signs that the state your nails could be signaling health problems. And as a bonus, we give you some tips on how to fix them.
1. Fungal infection
A thick, brittle, and discolored or yellow(ish) nail is probably damaged with a fungus. The condition is more likely to appear on your toes, than on your fingernails. To prevent fungal infections, don’t walk barefoot in locker rooms or other public areas and keep your shoes clean and dry.
If an infection is detected, visit a dermatologist and closely follow their recommendations.
2. Thyroid disease
Brittle, dry nails that crack and split may easily be one sign of thyroid problems. The thyroid is a gland that produces several important hormones and its malfunction could influence your weight, height, and even body temperature. This condition is serious, so visit your doctor and follow the instructions they give you.
Brittle nails combined with cold hands and feet can be symptoms of anemia. Generally, this medical condition includes dizziness, weakness, headaches, irregular heartbeat, and chest pain. Anemia could be caused by heavy menstruation, pregnancy, a diet low in iron and vitamin B12, or chronic kidney disease. The best prevention method is a diet rich in iron, containing fish, beans, liver, and lean red meat.
Also, consult your doctor about whether you should take iron or vitamin B12 supplements. And reduce your coffee intake of.
4. Obsessive-compulsive disorder or stress
Do you bite your nails when you’re nervous? Whether it is OCD or a temporary stressful moment, your nails don’t like it and can become disfigured and brittle. Also, dirty hands are a source of bacteria.
A nervous disorder needs a consultation and diagnosis from your doctor. To protect your nails from being bitten, develop healthy habits. For example, you can chew a low-sugar gum or use a wrist training rubber band when you’re stressed.
Splitting and yellowing-red nails often signal psoriasis. This medical condition often comes amid itchy red bumps on your skin. Fortunately, nowadays there are many treatments to alleviate the symptoms, including creams, pills, and laser and light therapy. Contact a dermatologist who will check your condition and choose the right remedy for you.
Nails that are pitted and easily split may be a symptom of arthritis. This disease results in painful, and often swollen joints. The condition is more likely to affect women than men, though men usually get a more severe form. It is also believed to be heavily influenced by genetics.
The treatment for arthritis includes medication and exercises that will keep your joints strong. Consult your doctor to choose the right remedy for you.
General tips for keeping your nails strong
How do you keep your nails healthy and beautiful? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments!
Illustrated by Daniil Shubin for BrightSide.me