Did you know that your nails can help you detect your overall health issues?. For instance, problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can be noticed or detected from the nails.

There is a way you can detect health issues by just looking at your nails.

This article has listed some ways on how to detect health issues through your nails.

Cracked or Split Nails

Research has shown that dry, brittle nails that frequently crack or split are linked to thyroid disease.

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White Nails

If you notice that your nails are mostly white with darker edges, this could be an indication of liver problems, such as hepatitis.

Yellow Nails


Fungal infections are one of the most common causes of yellow nails. In some cases, yellow nails can indicate a more serious condition such as severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis.

Bluish Nails

Nails with a bluish color is an indicator that the body isn’t getting enough oxygen. This could also indicate a lung problem, such as emphysema. Some heart problems are also be associated with bluish nails.

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According to research, having pale nails that are prone to chipping can be an indication of a few health issues, and malnutrition is one of them. A lack of vitamins and protein in your diet can cause a lack of pigmentation in the nails.

Rippled Nails

Rippled or pitted nails could be signs of psoriasis or inflammatory disease. The skin under the nail can seem reddish-brown.

Puffy Nail Fold


If you notice that the skin around your nail appears red and puffy, this is a sign of nails inflammation. It may be the result of lupus or another connective tissue disorder.

Dark Lines Beneath the Nail


Dark lines beneath the nail should be investigated as soon as possible. They are sometimes caused by melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

Gnawed Nails


Biting your nails may seem to be a habit, but in most cases, it’s a sign of persistent anxiety. Nail-biting has also been linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you can’t stop biting your nails, then it is advisable to visit your doctor.



People with diabetes may see their nails turn yellow due to the breakdown of sugar and its effect on the collagen in nails.  This can be especially dangerous if the nails also harden to break, which can be painful — especially if it becomes ingrown.

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