Various problems affecting nails

 Various problems affecting nails

Nails often reflect a person's general health condition, especially in women, and any change in the shape or color of the nail may indicate the presence of some health problems

Below we show you nail shapes and colors, and finally their relationship to health status

Weak nails

As for weak nails, they may be the result of constant exposure to chemicals such as cleaning products... Dr. Zayed explains that this is the result of a deficiency of certain substances in the blood, such as sulfur and zinc, so it is recommended to eat foods that contain these two elements.

Cracking, separation, or weakness of the nails may occur as a result of infection with fungi or glandular diseases, especially hypothyroidism, in addition to another reason represented by a deficiency in vitamins A, B, and C.

Ingrown nails

In an interview with a dermatology and venereology consultant, he says that this is a problem that causes severe pain and inflammation that prevents the individual from walking or moving, and its treatment is through surgical intervention in order to remove it from its roots

Nail colours

Yellow nails

Yellow nails reveal aging. Before that, they appear as a result of excessive use of compound nails or painting them, and sometimes they are the result of smoking. As doctors and researchers in the field say.

Dr. Magdy Zayed, a consultant dermatologist and venereologist, says that yellowing of the nails may, in addition to the above, result from a fungal infection

The nails are white

The white color may be a small spot on the nails, and usually occurs as a result of them colliding with something, and is no cause for concern.

If the nails themselves are white, the possibility of psoriasis increases

If the nail color is white with light pink lines, this indicates the possibility of the individual suffering from liver disease, heart failure, kidney failure, or diabetes, and in some cases it is a result of aging.

The nails are blue

Common in heart and lung patients and those with immune diseases, and occurs as a result of insufficient oxygen supply to the blood, so it appears blue.

The problem of ingrown nails

Dr. Magdy Zayed explains that the failure of nails to grow is the result of an individual being exposed to stress, suffering from a high fever, or taking certain medications that stop their growth.

Clubbing or swelling of the nails

This means swelling and enlargement of the ends of the fingers and the junction of the nails, causing the nail to become curved and circular in shape. This may be a sign of a lack of oxygen in the blood, in addition to its association with lung, heart, kidney, and liver diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, and it may be AIDS.

Horizontal lines in nails

Dr. John Anthony says that the problem comes as a result of scarlet fever or pneumonia, and in that case the lines appear on more than one nail and not just one, because when the body does additional work to combat any disease, it reserves its energy for important things and stops the growth of nails.

Vertical lines in nails

Vertical lines are usually a sign of aging and are not a cause for concern or fear. They may become more visible and noticeable with age, but in some cases they may be the result of deficiencies in nutrients or vitamins, including vitamin B12 and magnesium.

Nail concavity or spoon nails

These are nails that have an upward curve with letters, and appear in a spoon-like shape, and are caused by anemia as a result of iron deficiency, heart disease, or hypothyroidism.

Pitted nails

It's usually a sign of psoriasis, and sometimes it's due to connective tissue disorders or alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.

Black nails

When you notice a black color in the nail or feel pain while the nail is growing, you should go to the doctor immediately, because the individual may have nail cancer, God forbid, which is the most dangerous type of skin cancer