Nail Health Problems

Find Out More About Your General Health Just By Looking At Your Nails?

That's right - nail health problems or any abnormalities of your nail bed might suggest there's something else going on with your body.  Of course, changes in the color of your nails are one of the best indicators of health issues, but they're far from the only ones.

Indentations & White Spots

These showing on your nails might be the result of a wide variety of factors, such as an allergic reaction to your nail products, trauma or a previous injury to your nail bed.  The white spots are also a good sign you might suffer from low levels of albumin in your blood.

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Nail Fungal Infection - Medically Known As Onychomychosis

Fungal infections are amongst the most common nail health problems.  A fungal infection can cause your nail plate to thicken and become partly lifted from its bed.  Usually, this infection would hinder or slow down the growth of your nail and create a specific discoloration.

Nail fungus is more common in the toenails especially in the older generation but there are over the counter treatments to relieve nail fungus.  Once you have had a nail fungal infection you need to look at ways to prevent this happening again.

Ridges In Your Fingernails

If you notice ridges, running along your nails, this might indicate malnutrition.  However, bear in mind that vertical ridges tend to appear more frequently with age, as your body produces less and less natural body oils.

It is the grooves and horizontal ridges that may be a concern,  to find out more information about nail ridges Click Here...

Dark Lines Beneath Your Nails

A dark line, or lines that almost look like a black band that appear beneath your nail, coming from your cuticle running all the way to the free edge of your nail.  This is a very serious nail issue and could be indicative of an abnormality with the pigment melanin. If you notice more black lines, occurring in a close proximity to each other, it's best to seek medical advice straight away, as this could be the first sign of a skin cancer, known as Melanoma.

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Ingrown Nails

One of the most common problems people experience is ingrown nails.  Cutting or clipping your nails too short or chewing your nails can result in a nasty infection accompanied by symptoms  such as:  swelling, redness and sometimes a watery discharge.
To prevent ingrown nails from occurring in your toenails, wear comfortable shoes that allow enough space for your toes to move.  Avoid chewing or biting your nails to keep them in good health.

Cracking Or Splitting Nails

If you are worried about your nails cracking or splitting and you are experiencing this on a regular basis, this may be a sign that your nails are too brittle.  The more we age, the more fragile your nails become.  Frequent use of products such as:  harsh polish removers and hardeners can exacerbate the symptoms.  To prevent your nails from splitting you may consider a keratin protein oil to massage into your nails daily that will keep your nails hydrate and reduce splitting.

Rippled Or Pitted Nails

This can look like little tiny pits which appear evenly spaced along the face of your nail plate.  This kind of symptom can be an early sign of Psoriasis, or could in fact be caused from inflamed arthritis.

Pits and ripples could also be the result from trauma or an injury to your nail plate.​

Pale Nails

Nails that have no sheen and look almost transparent and pale can represent a deficiency in iron.  Diabetes and liver disease can impair blood flow with will result in pale nails or Anemia could be present.

Nails With A Bluish Tinge

This is a condition that can appear as a result of cold conditions, the rate of metabolic activity of your body slows down, resulting in numbness to your fingers and toenails.

Nails can also appear blue when there is reduced levels of oxygen in your blood.

The Dreaded Nail Biting Habit

Unfortunately this is a habit that can follow you for years.  For very severe cases of nail biting, the surrounding skin and cuticle are gnawed at constantly as well as the nail resulting in some pretty serious bacterial infections.

For some tips on remedies to help with nail biting click here.​

Dry, Cracked Cuticles

Using too many chemicals is often associated with cuticles that are dry and cracked.  This is something you should be very careful off as your cuticles protect your nails, acting as a barrier to stop any nasty diseases or bacteria entering your body.  

For a really quick way to hydrate your cuticles you should take a look at this!!​

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Damaged Nails From Artificial Nail Coatings

This is my favorite topic of all, unfortunately this is a very common problem that happens.  With my knowledge and experience in the nail industry I can help you repair your nails after acrylics, shellacs or gels just by following some simple tips that I know will hydrate and strengthen your nails in no time at all.  Check it out.....

My Overall Thoughts On Nail Health Issues

As you can see there are so many different types of nail health problems that can occur due to bad health, environmental conditions or even just from using harsh chemicals.

My main concern in this post is to help those in some way with some of the nail problems that reflect issues that may be going on in your body.

​I as you know am not a Doctor, nor do I work in the medical profession.  I am a qualified nail manicurist and have been working in the nail industry for over 25 years.  I have a passion for helping others with their natural nails and feel that it is very important that if you are concerned about any of the nail health problems above then you should discuss this with your health specialist.  

As with all things medical, early treatment usually leads to a successful result.​  Good Luck 🙂

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About the Author

Justine Olausen is a professional nail manicurist of over 25 years. Her goal here is to share her knowledge and experience and help others achieve healthier natural nails.