What Your Nails Say About Your Health

It’s amazing what our bodies can do and how they can tell us when something is wrong. The condition of our nails is one of the many indicators of our body’s health, and can demonstrate a more serious problem, such as anemia and problems with the kidneys, lungs, and heart.

Look for the following signs that your health needs attention!

  1. Weak, brittle nails – If your nails are constantly splitting or breaking, it could be due to harsh manicures, vitamin deficiency, low humidity, swimming, or aging. Taking a break from manicures, moisturizing, and taking vitamins if a deficiency is detected are ways to combat dry, brittle nails.
  2. Curved and bulged nails – This condition is referred to as clubbing, and can sometimes indicate a liver or kidney problem.
  3. Concave nails – Having nails that are spoon-shaped can indicate iron deficiency anemia, heart disease, thyroid issues or lupus.
  4. Yellow nails – A yellowish tinge may indicate nail fungus, psoriasis, or may be from frequently painting nails a dark color or from smoking.
  5. Small indentations – These small pits can often be a sign of psoriasis, a chronic skin disease.
  6. Dark stripes – They are often benign moles in the nail bed, but if you see changes in the band, it could be indicative of a malignant melanoma.

If you notice any of these problems with your nails, it is always best to see a board-certified dermatologist to determine what the underlying problems could be. A dermatologist can perform specific tests so that the most effective treatment can be formed to address your individual problem.

Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology specializes in dermatology, as well as anatomic and clinical pathology, and therefore has the knowledge and expertise to tackle any skin, hair, or nail issue you may have. Dr. Vaillant has been practicing for over 30 years, and provides high quality compassionate care to each of his patients. Whether you have nail concerns, acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, or skin cancer, Dr. Vaillant can help! Please contact our Old Bridge, NJ office at (732) 679-0222 to schedule an appointment!