Dr. Kandula: What Your Nails Say About Your Health

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(KTVI) - Take a look at your nails.  They could say a lot about your current state of health. So what do you look for?

Dermatologist Dr. Madhavi Kandula gives us the tell-tale signs.

Here are some things to look for:
1. Pale Nails -- If your fingernail beds are looking a little ghostly, you may have anemia...could also be a sign of early diabetes or liver disease.

2. Yellowing or Thickening Yellow -- characteristic of fungal infections

3. Dark Lines -- Dark brown or black vertical lines on the nail bed should never be ignored,These can be a hallmark sign of melanoma

4. Pitting and Grooving Depressions -- are often associated with psoriasis, an inflammatory disease that leads to scaly or red patches all over the body

5. Brittle, Thin or Lifted Nails -- it could mean your thyroid is amiss

6. White Lines Stripes -- Horizontal white lines that span the entire nail, are paired, and appear on more than one nail are called Muehrcke`s lines. These could be an indication of kidney disease, liver abnormalities, or a lack of protein and other nutrients

7. Blue Nails A blue face is a clear indication that someone`s lacking airflow, and blue nails mean the same thing; you`re not getting enough oxygen to your fingertips.


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