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Everything your nails say about your health

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What if your state of health could be read on … your fingernails? Wavy, pitted, rounded: discover what the shape and condition of your nails can reveal.

The nail is mainly made up of a protein called keratin, the major component of the skin and hair. The regrowth of a complete nail lasts six months. Brittle, soft, striated, split, the fingernails of our hands often reflect a little health concern or vitamin deficiency. To take care of it on a daily basis:

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  • La solution aroma: 2 times a week, massage your fingernails with 2 drops of lemon essential oil diluted in wheat germ oil.
  • The phyto solution: take 4 capsules per day of borage oil in capsules dosed at 500 mg as a two-month treatment, repeat if necessary two or three times a year. Or massage the matrix of fingernails with olive oil every day.
  • The solution nourishes : ssprinkle your soups and salads with flakes of brewer’s yeast. Do this cure for at least two months.

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Your nails are wavy

These transverse waves are the result of overly aggressive treatments, repeated impacts on the matrix (cuticles pushed back with a metal object), or simply due to the bad habit of biting your nails. These waves can also be caused by eczema or certain microbial diseases (streptococci, staphylococci). After a sample to identify the responsible germ, an antibiotic cream can be prescribed by the doctor.

Your nails have changed color

>> They are yellow: tobacco, and the application of colored varnish without a protective base to isolate the keratin from the pigments are most frequently responsible for this coloration. Once these benign causes have been ruled out, it is necessary to look for yeast infection, often responsible for yellowing. Or check that it does not hide pleurisy or sinusitis.

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>> They are white: a clear discoloration may be indicative of anemia or liver disease. Small white spots, on the other hand, do not reveal any pathology, or even a mineral deficiency. These are micromalformations of the keratin, caused by too brutal maneuvers to push back the cuticles, or repeated shocks.

>> They are black: apart from the bruises that appear as a result of a shock or a pinch, all black spots should be watched very closely: all those that do not evolve like a mole, or those that form a band with the way of a “bar code”, and which do not disappear with the push. It may indeed be a melanoma (tumor), which can be treated well, provided it is treated as soon as possible.

>> They are blue: if this bluish color is diffuse and affects all the nails, it is impossible to put it down to a simple hematoma ! Rather, it can reveal a circulatory deficiency or even heart failure. To be confirmed by your doctor or a dermatologist.

>> They are red: a healthy nail is naturally pink. Red spots, on the other hand, can be a sign of cardiac disease, pulmonary or renal. When the rim turns red and swollen, it may be a allergy or a yeast infection caused by Candida, yeasts found naturally on the skin and mucous membranes. These infiltrate under the cuticle and proliferate when the hands are often in water and poorly cared for. The inflammation is quite painful and the nail gradually peels off. It is then necessary to eliminate the area attacked by the fungus and to apply an antimycotic treatment.

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Your nails are pitted

Small depressions that dot the surface of the nails are often due to repetitive strain injuries. But when these holes are organized like a thimble, it can be a psoriasis. These micro-lesions can be the harbinger of this very rare disease, which only affects 1% of French people. The treatment is based on local corticosteroids.

Your nails are bulging

This “watch glass” form is often hereditary. But it can also indicate a lack of oxygen in the blood and alert to a specific problem in the respiratory tract: bronchitis chronic, lung disease or pulmonary emphysema.

Your nails are curved

This particular deformation of the nail is the sign of a vitamin C deficiency or in do. In particular if it is accompanied by a pallor of the nail blade. This anemia, relatively common in women, especially at the time of menopause, is treated by supplementation internally.

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