8 Things your nails can tell you about your health

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For representational use [Image: Nutraceutical Business]
For representational use [Image: Nutraceutical Business]

New Delhi : Yes it's true! A person's nails can say a lot about their health. A closer can reveal everything from lung disease to allergies. Here are 8 things that can tell about your health condition.

Heart problem

If your nails are blue, then you might want to get an appointment with your doctor. Blue nails can indicate heart problems, as well as lung issues, bacterial infections.

Skin infection

If your nails folds look a little too puffy and red, you may have an infection that needs treating. The most common cause of nail fold inflammation is a skin infection from bacteria, viruses.


Pale nails should always be noted as they can indicate malnutrition, in addition to other serious complications like congestive heart failure and liver disease.


During pregnancy the growth rate of nails is increased. All those extra hormones flowing through your veins during pregnancy impact the strength and length of your nails.


People believe that a calcium deficiency presents itself as those little white marks on your finger and toe nails, that's not the case. These marks are either a sign of an injury to the base of your nail or they can also be the result of an allergic reaction to nail polish or any such chemical.

Thyroid issue

Thick, dry, and brittle nails with visible edges can be a sign of thyroid disease. So, before you focus on your aesthetic problem, be sure to rule out this serious health issue.


Nails that are yellow, thickened, and sometimes fragile, wrinkled, and brittle or reddening of the skin around the nails—is often an early finding of diabetes.


Those who are anemic don't have enough healthy red blood cells, and their organs and tissues don't receive enough oxygen. Resulting in extremely pale nails.

Kidney problem

If nails appear to be half red, pink, or brown, you could be having a problem with your kidneys. Here, in this condition when 20 to 60 percent of the nail is red, pink or brown and the rest of the nail has a dull, whitish, ground-glass appearance, then it is a matter of concern and you need to visit your doctor soon.