9 Ways Your Fingernail Indicates Your Health Problems

9 Ways Your Fingernail Indicates Your Health Problems

Rippled nails are a symptom of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis or psoriasis. A 2003 study published in Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery: Incorporating Medical and Surgical Dermatology further studied the link between nail ridges and psoriasis. The study involved 106 patients and confirmed the link.

6. Nail Cracks and Split Nails


Brittle nails can denote malnutrition. They may also be a symptom of thyroid disease or a fungal infection of the nail. The US National Library of Medicine warns that brittle nails can mean that you may suffer from hypothyroidism. Splitting or Cracking together with yellowish hue is caused because of fungal infections and can be cured using over-the-counter medicines or home remedies, though severe cases will require a prescription.

7. Puffy Nail Folds

Puffy Nail Folds

According to Jessica R. Berman, MD., swollen or puffy skin around your fingernails may mean that you may be suffer from systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus causes inflammation in many areas of the body. This inflammation can redden the tissue around your nails, causing the puffy appearance in the nail fold.

8. Dark Lines


If you notice dark lines beneath your nails, you must contact a healthcare professional. This is a common symptom a deadly form of skin cancer known as melanoma. Dr. Ph Abimelec explains that while only 1% of melanomas are found under the nail, this form of cancer is particularly deadly. This cancer is more common in individuals with dark skin.

9. Nail Biting


Dermatologist Flor A. Mayoral, MD spoke at a engagement at the American Academy of Dermatology’s SKIN academy and explained that nails with a bitten or gnawed appearance indicates that an individual is stressed. If you find yourself biting your nails often, ask yourself how stress is affecting your daily life.

Often, your nails are the first indication of a serious illness. Pay attention to the condition of your nails. If you notice any changes, make an appointment with a healthcare professional to discuss what your nail abnormality may mean.