Understanding Yourself Through Nail Reading

Did you know that by reading your nails, you are able to find out more about yourself in health . Sometimes diseases and disorder are shown through nails. I find this  really interesting because it shows that even our nails are part and one with the body, and it can show signs to ‘inform’ you, whether or not you’re doing okay.

Recently, I saw my mum scrolling through an interesting article  in her email so i thought I’d share it with you, and she came up to me and asked, “Can you show me your fingernail?”

At first, i thought she wanted to see if i did cut my nails! I saw her looking deeply into my fingernail, and it appears to be that she’s checking for something, but she didn’t find anything really, which is good (phew) because here’s what she’s been looking out for.

I would recommend that you look this under a bright spotlight.

The different types of nails


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Dark lines beneath the nails

Dark lines beneath the nail should be investigated as soon as possible. They are sometimes caused by melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

(though if you’ve just used a chalk, or marker, you might be mistaking it for this, so wash your hands and check again)

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Cracked or Split Nails

Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack or split have been linked to thyroid disease. Cracking or splitting combined with a yellowish hue is more likely due to a fungal infection.

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Rippled Nails

If the nail surface is rippled or pitted, this may be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. Discolouration of the nail is common; the skin under the nail can seem reddish-brown.

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Bluish Nails

Nails with a bluish tint can mean the body isn’t getting enough oxygen O2. This could indicate an infection in the lungs, such as pneumonia. Some heart problems can be associated with bluish nails.  (if you think it had been cool to have bluish nails all along, its time to reconfirm that.. really.)

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One of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. As the infection worsens, the nail bed may retract, and nails may thicken and crumble. In rare cases, yellow nails can indicate a more serious condition such as severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis.

(My fingers appear to look like this, after eating Super Rings or Sop Tulang with my bare hands, so really check again, it might be the food you just ate a few hours ago )

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White nails

If the nails are mostly white with darker rims, this can indicate liver problems, such as hepatitis. In this image, you can see the fingers are also jaundiced, another sign of liver trouble.

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Pale Nails

Very pale nails can sometimes be a sign of serious illness, such as

  • Anemia
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Malnutrition

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Puffy Nail Fold

If the skin around the nail appears red and puffy, this is known as inflammation of the nail fold. It may be the result of lupus or another connective tissue disorder. Infection can also cause redness and inflammation of the nail fold.

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Gnawed Nails

Biting your nails may be nothing more than an old habit, but in some cases it’s a sign of persistent anxiety that could benefit from treatment. Nail biting or picking has also been linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you can’t stop, it’s worth discussing with your doctor.

To sum it up, our body is important, and we should be aware of the changes in our body and how we feel which also relates to an overall health.Personally, I find that heath is more important then intelligence or even beauty. It is crucial to our everyday life, and living healthily, is a good start to a long health.

Thank you!

part of This post and its description does not come from  me, and the credits goes to the person who created this. I’m here to share it out and add in a few thoughts and insights.

A similar photo slide show was found on WebMD and reviewed by Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD.

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