The body shows in different ways the state of health of a person, the quality of his thoughts, the lack of certain vitamins or the progression of some diseases. Organs like the skin and nails are key when it comes to understanding what’s going on in the body.
In this sense, the Medline Plus portal, which contains information from the National Library of Medicine of the United States, includes seven nail diseases closely related to certain diseases.
Yellow or discolored nails. Although they are usually pink, if other colors or stains are present, there may be an internal problem.
- Green nails: bacterial infection.
- Blue tones: low levels of oxygen in the blood.
- Pale tones – lack of vitamins.
- Red stretch marks: inflammation of the heart valves.
- White nails: liver problems.
Dark lines: old age or heart problems.
2. Nails break or split. Nails that are scaly or that separate in layers are also included. These symptoms may indicate vitamin C, protein, or folic acid deficiency, psoriasis, or chronic malnutrition.
3. Concave or prominent nails. When the structure begins to curve upwards, there may be an imbalance in iron levels, hypothyroidism, or heart disease.
4. Rivets with holes. When small holes begin to appear on the surface, which look like pin marks, there may be connective tissue problems, zinc deficiency, psoriasis or alopecia areata.
5. Thick screws. It could indicate thyroid problems, psoriasis, lung disease, circulatory problems, thick nails with a rough texture, or allergic reactions to certain medications.
6. Nails with waves. Rather than having a smooth appearance, nails are shaped like ridges. These could be signs of arthritis, iron deficiency or lupus.
7. Dry nails. Generally, they indicate irregular functioning of the thyroid gland, the presence of hormonal problems or the presence of some fungus.
8. Racket screws. Portal E Salud states that they are also known as clockwork nails and can be seen in two ways: the skin around the nail bumps or the nail bumps around the fingers. This manifestation indicates liver disease, lung disease or inflammation of the intestines.
Nails: how to keep them healthy and strong with home remedies?
It’s important to follow some tips that can strengthen them and say goodbye to brittle nails. According to Isdin, a cosmetics and pharmaceuticals trading company, one of the main concerns of this body’s protective structure is paying attention to how acetone is used.
Those who use acetone nail polish remover must be careful not to leave this substance on the nails for too long, so the best thing to do to clean the nail polish is to use a cotton swab containing only the necessary amount.
According to the specialized company, acetone can dry out the nails, making them more brittle in the long run, so the best thing to do in cases of extreme fragility is to use products without acetone.
In the same sense, when repairing nails, using a hard file can be very aggressive, so the best ally is a soft file that protects them, in addition to helping to shape them. Nail specialist Ioana Cristescu – quoted in Europa Press – points out that sanding must be done carefully to avoid the appearance of cracks that cause the nail to break. As far as possible, metal files should also be avoided. According to the specialist, those that can be used are glass files or natural fibers.
On the other hand, nails must be kept moist, as well as hair and skin. For this, after being cut and preserved, they can be immersed for a few minutes in warm water with a few drops of olive oil, which helps to soften the skin and hydrate the fingers.
“Every time you get a manicure, spend an extra 15 minutes polishing your nails. It might seem like an effort at the time, but the long-term results will be amazing. Just do it two or three times a month,” explains Ioana.
To do this, you can also put warm water, the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of baking soda in a small glass, mix and soak your nails in this composition for five minutes, rinse well, massaging each nail with a drop. of nourishing almond, argan or jojoba oil and leave for 10 minutes.
However, it is important that the nails are broken from time to time and that no nail polish is applied and that they are only protected with natural products.
“If you have a wall at home that’s peeling, damaged and dry, you’re not going to paint it because it’s just going to peel and could end up falling off. That’s how your nails are with that wall: if you have wet, smooth nails, your manicure and pedicure will be perfect”, explains Elle magazine, specialized in fashion and beauty and health.
Finally, those who use nail polish all the time should be careful to use a quality product, which, in addition to giving the nails a beautiful appearance, helps to maintain their flexibility and strength, in addition to protecting against external factors that could weaken them. them, such as excess chemicals, excessive heat and humidity, among others.