What Your Nails Say About Your Health

Published February 24, 2013 by teacher dahl


Did you know your nails can reveal clues to your overall health?
A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails. Keep reading to learn what secrets your nails might reveal.

Pale Nails

Very pale nails can sometimes be a sign of serious illness, such as:

  • Anemia
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Malnutrition

 White Nails

If the nails are mostly white with darker rims,this can indicate liver problems, such as hepatitis. In this image, you can see the fingers are also jaundiced, another sign of liver trouble.

 Yellow Nails

         One of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. As the infection worsens, the nail  bed may retract, and nails may thicken and crumble. In rare 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 tint can mean the body isn’t getting enough oxygen. This could indicate an infection in the lungs, such as  pneumonia. Some heart problems can be associated with bluish  nails.

  Rippled Nails

        If the nail surface is rippled or pitted, this may be an early sign of psoriasis   or inflammatory arthritis. Discoloration of the nail is common; the skin   under the nail can seem reddish-brown.


 Cracked or Split Nails

        Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack or split have been linked to thyroid disease. Cracking or splitting combined with a yellowish hue is more likely due to a fungal infection.

Puffy Nail Fold

     If the skin around the nail appears red and puffy, this is known as inflammation of the nail fold. It may be the result of lupus or another connective tissue          disorder. Infection can also cause redness and inflammation of the nail fold.

 Gnawed Nails

Biting your nails may be nothing more than an old habit, but in some cases it’s a sign of persistent anxiety that could benefit from treatment. Nail biting or   picking has also been linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you can’t stop,   it’s worth discussing with your doctor.

Nails Are Only Part of the Puzzle

Though nail changes accompany many conditions, these changes are rarely the first sign. And many nail abnormalities are harmless — not everyone with white nails has hepatitis. If you’re concerned about the appearance of your nails, see a dermatologist.

37 comments on “What Your Nails Say About Your Health

  • hello maam. dahlia this is john patrick famadulan your student in english 2 , your blog so cute it really help us, mapa-STUDY, lifestyle at iba pa ! Together lets spread this wonderful blog 😀


  • gwaned nails..
    stress and boredom are the common reason of nail bitting, i think this is to ease anxiety..
    we better know this things so that if we saw someone doing it, we can understand why she does.


  • this article is great and really help us to know what we have in our health condition by looking at your nails.
    I have a friend always biting her nail and she said that this her habit since she was young.


  • This blog is very useful for everyone. So, thank you ma’am for doing this blog and sharing some information from other people. This article helps us to distinguish what health that we see or reveals to our nails. These can help to immediately consult the doctor to avoid having some diseases in our body.


  • *Pale Nails

    Before reading this bIog, I looked at my nails and thought they were pale. When I found out what pale nails mean, I was a little worried that I might be anemic. That’s because I sleep less than 7 hours a day. I’m a busy person and my house is far from school. From now on, I must try sleeping in time or else, I might get a severe health complication.

    After reading this blog, I went straight ahead to look at family members’ nails. I’m glad that none of them has those nails. This blog helped me to know what risks our nails could tell us. Thank you for the information.


  • Oh my!Now i know 🙂 Haha. I better start looking at my family’s nails because the information about pale nails seemed to be fitted in my sister’s situation. Well,thanks for the information mam! It’s really helpful.Now,we should be able to determine if the other members of our family have a disease or health problems. Keep it up Ma’am! Nice blog 🙂


  • split and cracked nails!Thanks God my family do not have any of this NAILS !!!!
    This article help me a lot cause it tells us if you have a disease or somethin….


  • I’m kinda nervous about this but I ask all of my roommates and I thing my nails are pretty normal because it is pinkish… But anyways thank you ma’am for creating this amazing article 🙂


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